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Gender is one of the components included in the programme, Indira Kranthi Patham. Gender strategy helps SHG women to monitor their social empowerment agenda along with financial agenda, increase their capacities in decision making at different levels, free mobility, having a say in local governance and building a safe environment. Women in groups ensure that basic rights of all SHG women are not violated and that they create support systems like Social Action Committees in every village and Community Managed Family Counseling Centres at every mandal, to help themselves.

The objective of this component is to address gender issues in an integrated manner as a means to reduce poverty. There is a need to integrate the economic empowerment with other aspects of empowerment such as social, political & cultural aspects. Violence emerged as a major issue and is understood as violating women rights to life and livelihood and hence this component offers support to women and strengthens their rights within family and society by providing livelihood, health and legal literacy. Gender Section is helping for building our overall perspective on the issue of domestic violence, problems faced in getting legal aid, motivated government to follow women to women approach in solving the problems. Gender group is working closely with Government officials at district level and working to resolve issues of cases of the Domestic violence at the village, mandal and district level.

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