Empowering Single Women: Mahila Gram Sabha and Inclusive Resolutions
In accordance with Section 5B of the Himachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, Mahila Gram Sabhas are held on March 8th and the 1st Sunday of September each year. On September 3, 2023, CORD facilitated Mahila Gram Sabhas in 79 Gram Panchayats, engaging 3,552 women in discussions addressing various issues related to women, children, and overall, Gram Panchayat development. CORD utilized these forums to highlights the social stigma faced by single women, including widows, deserted, divorcees, and single elderly women, and facilitated to outlines resolutions to ensure their enrolment in relevant government schemes and pensions, fostering social inclusion and rehabilitation.
It’s important to note that all Mahila Gram Sabha meetings are presided over by women Pradhans/Gram Panchayat Leaders. This helped to ensure sincere discussions on single women’s issues. These women leaders, acting as chairpersons, sensitized Gram Sabha Members to these concerns and helped to pass an appropriate resolution tailored to their specific area concerns.