There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
Gender Oriented Participatory Operational Pedagogy (GO-POP) is a systematic approach to building up the organizational and social capacities of NGOs and village self-help groups to undertake and eventually up-scale watershed development. It includes a gender empowerment component, which engages and includes women at all stages and levels of the development process.