Frailty, thy name is woman', Shakespeare might have revised his words has he been in contemporary Kerala. Women in Kerala earn anything like Rs 50,000 per month. This makes it redundant for them to dig their heels at home. It makes them financially independent. Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC) has launched an initiative called She Taxi in the cities of Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode.
The whole world is witnessing a change in society. There are several societal norms and values that are being challenged today. Sandesh One is a program designed to meet these challenges. About a thousand women work at the grassroots levels under the program to generate mass employment. They do so by promoting handicrafts and home industries.
A comprehensive training is planned to be given by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad to women in this. They are to be trained in techniques of high-tech agriculture, preventive healthcare, water management, waste management, and other such areas. The training is supposed to be completed in six months.
The concept of She Toilets is also being sponsored by KSWDC. She Toilets uses the most of modern technology to aid women in maintenance of proper sanitation. It is supposed to have features as napkin vending machines and avenues for napkin disposal.
Yet another project in the kitty is Resource Enhancement Academy for Career Heights (REACH). It trains women in the areas they want booting them to their career goals. The program is designed in such a manner that there can be no partiality between women from financially well-off families and those from below-poverty-line.