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Government of India has set an ambitious plan training 500 million individuals by 2022 which translates to training 42 million a year. There has been recent concern about the decline in women’s workforce participation in India. Simultaneously, women have become more aspirational and are ready to contribute equally to the economy.
EARLY-ACTION, through its STEP-UP Programme, has been addressing special situation of poor women who are not in a position to move out of their immediate surroundings and go to a formal skill centre to acquire training. Training is provided to poor and marginalized women in traditional trades which are largely in the informal sector. The programme strives to build upon the traditional knowledge of women and convert it into sustainable livelihood capacitation.
Objectives of the Project STEP-UP
The project has 2 fold objectives viz.
a. To provide skills that give employability to women.
b. To provide competencies and skills that enable women to become self-employed/entrepreneurs.
The project is intended to benefit women who are in the age group of 18 years and above.