Empowering Tribal Women in Gujarat India

Posted in Gujarat, India, women's empowerment on December 12th, 2012 by tuschman

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India has a very large and varied indigenous tribal population, which comprises almost 82 million people. How does one go about empowering women and girls in tribal cultures, which tend to be conservative and male-dominated? Although educating girls is a worthy goal, it isn’t always possible in the short term. In this case, the goal is to improve their quality of life through strengthening their vocation.

The Kutch region in the state of Gujarat is well known for the quality of its textiles. Young girls start sewing as soon as they can hold a needle, and they learn from their mothers and grandmothers, who are highly skilled in embroidery and applique. How do you empower traditional artisans? This is the mission of Kala Raksha, a very creative NGO that works with these tribal women.

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Young girls learning from their grandmother the art of embroidery.

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