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.
In this issue of Ecologic, we bring to you five stories of women’s empowerment - from taking initiative to solve social issues in the village, to revolutionising rice cultivation and collective efforts of men and women to shift to organic farming. We also have a final guest article that highlights the need for a market oriented approach in women’s empowerment projects. We hope these will be thought provoking and prompt you to revert with feedback on how we continue to evolve while embarking on the next phase of WOTR’s engagement in sustainable development.