Plan India is working towards implementation of Project Samanta in Ambedkar Nagar in nine blocks and 90 Gram Panchayats to facilitate 10,000 working women to receive equal wage for equal work with men and non-discrimination at workplace. The three years project started to be implemented on the ground in August 2014. Plan India as a child rights based organisation recognises the gender wage inequality as a complex issue, which is caused due to various inter woven societal structure dominant in most employment units. Gender disparities in the form of setting wages, skills/training, selection of work, assessing value of work, treatment and workplace environment are significant determinants by and large and as a response to promote gender wage parity along with non-discrimination at workplace Plan India is implementing Project Samanta.
The project looks to achieve the following objectives:
- To organise women labour for securing their rights to equal wages and non-discrimination at workplace.
- To create community based vigilance system for monitoring and reporting gender wage gaps and discrimination in the work environments.
- To sensitise employers to fulfil their obligations under the equal remunerations laws and promote gender equality.
- To create a model for government-citizens partnership in the implementation of equal remunerations laws and upholding gender equality.
- Kick off workshop was organised successfully from 17th-19th Sept, 2014 with the objective to build capacity of staff on Project Samanta.
- Identification of 10,000 working women is in process in Ambedkar Nagar in 90 Gram Panchayat areas.
- Interaction with stakeholders is in process.
- Networking with government departments is in process to get labour department support in getting employers and working women capacity build on labour laws.