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Women Council – Narishakti

Nari Sakti is platform for all women, irrespective of caste, creed, and community, which offer women range of economic and social options along with necessary support measures to enhance their capabilities.

Woman is the key stakeholder in the family and when she is required to contribute to family income and household chores, her incompetence prove to be the greater challenge to tide over her misery and poverty in terms of managing households in every aspect. Moreover, she bears all the brunt of patriarchal society, and it becomes more, when her social, cultural, and economic position are almost at the bottom. Women would be better equipped with information, education, training, and skill, and become better human being with qualification, dignity, and better control over her own life. Their contribution to socio-economic development as producers and workers are often not recognised in the formal or informal sectors (including the home-based works).

Women Council Observing International Women's Day

30 Women Councils were formed in 7 Tea Estates of Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts of West Bengal and 23 villages of South 24 Parganas, Purulia, Jhagram and Coochbehar Districts of West Bengal. 30 women councils are comprising of around 900 women members who are from the Tea Garden labour community, from daily labour community, from fish-workers community, from Agricultural labour community and also from the women who engaged in unpaid care work. 2 women councils were formed among the daily labour, vendor and domestic worker women from the urban slums of Titagarh and Barrackpore area of North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. Women councils are now active in claiming their social security entitlements from the local government, active in preventing domestic and other kind of violence on women, active in understanding development of their community and planning for that and they are also participating in Gram Panchayat Development Planning (GPDP) in many areas through participating in Gram Sansad Sabha.

Hence, the platform would certainly advocate for observing the minimum wage, equal wage for the same work, all such entitlements related to labour code bill, and dignity relating to her employment and working conditions. Feminisation of poverty, increased gender inequality through often deteriorating working conditions and unsafe working environment are some such concerns towards more women joining the labour force.

Nari Sakti provides comprehensive support in terms of labour legislation, social security, and other support services to participate in various work sectors.

Women are adequately trained and informed to participate in the Governance.