Research Training & Documentation
Equity Foundation organizes training programmes covering multiple dimensions including women in panchayats, youths. The Organisation has imparted several capacity building trainings to the women panchayat leaders on their role, responsibilities as well as different social and legal issues.
With reference to the local self governance, the organisation also takes up research and studies to understand performance, operational bottlenecks and democratic behaviours of people. The Organisation has undertaken research for CARE, Save the Children, Planning Commission, UNDP, WaterAid, TARU Leading edge, IDEI, Constella Futures, Catholic Bishop Conference of India etc. Equity Foundation also maintains a library. Our library has a collection of more than 7000 books and periodicals.
Equity Foundation has long experience of working with women issues. We have addressed issues of empowerment of women local governance, domestic violence and all other forms of GBV, Gender sensitive budget, sexual harassment, and cultural sanctions that have traditionally denied women an independent legal and social status. Our intervention design is based on four principles of prevention, protection, early intervention, and ensuring accountability of stakeholders. The Equity Foundation firmly believes that community empowerment with rights-based approach leads to sustainable development. Therefore we emphasize to make community rich in information through our collectivization of community and knowledge & capacity building program, so that they could address their social poverty, initiate for their economic enhancement and realize their civic rights with integrated development approach. Besides other issues our community empowerment program is also focused on Dalit and the most backward women
For girls and women, the lack of toilets also affects their privacy and safety – they often wait until dark to find a quiet place to defecate, which increases the risk of being harassed. Without toilets in schools, children are left to defecate in the open. This makes them vulnerable to diarrhoeal illnesses and causes them to miss school. As a part of sanitation programme we plan to focus on advocacy and campaigns. We will raise awareness sanitation as key to the success of many other areas of development – including health, environment, education, housing and infrastructure. Our key focus will be to form community cadres, make the mandated institutions (such as schools and health centres) self-reliant, promote hygiene education, and ensure access to toilets by disabled people and the most marginalised. We intend to promote behaviour change through campaigns and community mobilisation activities and Building community cadres/ collectives, ensuring participation of disable, women and children in process.
We have worked on Projects that build the demand for free and fair elections, including capacity building of elected representatives, PEVAC (Pre-Election Voter Awareness Campaign). Equity Foundation’s capacity building projects have focused in the areas of leadership development, team building and strategic planning in organisations. We have focused on strengthening local governance to make it transparent, accountable, participatory and responsive. It also includes projects promoting participation of women in local governance institutions