Indian Women Welfare Foundation
The IWWF (Indian Women Welfare Foundation) was founded with the sole aim to start and support such initiatives by which socially and economically marginalized women irrespective of their age, caste, class or race should be able to actively participate in their development –process and consequently, lead a life of dignity and self-respect.
The role and status of women have varied greatly over the ages, and usually it has dwelled on opposite extremes. While on one hand, women have seen absolute freedom and autonomy, a different group of women have been subjected to utter subservience. Despite all the official proclamations that are made regarding women empowerment and the numerous government grants and schemes that claim to emancipate women from their many maladies, their present condition demands concern. Of course, it is undeniable that the Indian Government has taken considerable measures to uplift the women community socially, economically and politically, yet the combined effect of many unfavourable factors have rendered them to inefficacy on many fronts. The main thrust of IWWF programs is to create a new paradigm for development, which evolves from the new awareness about women’s empowerment programs, and the worldwide implementation of such things as mobilization of NGOs, governments and the media to spread the women welfare awareness and educate the public at large on effective measures such as human right to equality, peace, health care and better opportunities, protective skills and the right to dignity.
Through various programs of sustainable development, IWWF promotes and facilitates women organizations and women networking. The members share information, participate in face-to-face and online media, collaborates in various IWWF, NGO,s and Government activities and participates in general planning. It has now become the landmark for women’s rights in India, the centre for women-centric activities, information-provider as well as solution-provider for women’s difficulties, as well as the research centre for women-related issues. Its basic objective is to create a platform of women’s interests for the overall betterment of society.
The various projects undertaken by IWWF include Women Education Awareness Generation Programs, HIV/AIDS Awareness programs, Welfare for Widows, Campaign against Child Marriage, Education and Training Programs, Campaign Against Trafficking and Prostitution, Rehabilitation of rape victims, prostitutes etc., Self-Help Group Projects, Women and Child Health and many others. The approval of projects go through number of steps, starting with the online submission of the project, followed by its summary appraisal, submission of the detailed project report and its appraisal, survey report evaluation, board appraisal, sanction of grants and finally the disbursal of funds.
Thus, it functions with a vision to create a platform around the issues of gender justice, economic empowerment and equal participation of women in all walks of life, for the progress of society, culture and the nation as a whole. Its works to achieve its mission of developing a local, national and global communication system and support network to establish links between governmental policies/schemes and foundation who share Mission for Women’s Welfare Vision and to reach women who are socially, culturally and geographically isolated.