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Unique Gram Sabhas in Madhya Pradesh Empower Women

Somwati Bai is the sarpanch (leader) of Choti Tumbi gram panchayat in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. As a result of intensive, tailor-made training provided to her and other elected women representatives in the state, she is now able to effectively lead gram sabha meetings and address questions ranging from entitlements under various government schemes to access to basic amenities. Since 2008, UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj has been developing capacities of elected women representatives in local governance; generating awareness of both men and women on gender issues; and helping communities secure access to entitlements.


Photo: UNDP India

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Taken on September 5, 2012