To address the issue of Gender wage disparity and discrimination in the work environment, Plan India is implementing the European Union supported Project Samanta in the Ambedkar Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh.

Through the project, over 10,000 working women were identified and mobilised into women’s collectives (324 collectives). The focus of the project is on capacity building of Working Women Collective’s (WWC) on negotiation skills, human rights and workplace laws.

The WWC in turn has started discussing on grievances/violation cases for redressal. Women collectives have also been doing dialogues on negotiation with employers in achieving wage parity with men peer.

Some of the highlights of the projects include:

  • 324 working women collectives have been formed and orientation is in process on rights at the workplace. Regular meetings and increased awareness have encouraged the women to start bargaining for wage parity.
  • Through the project, 208 working women received labour cards for work, 1,150 children were enrolled in ICDS centres and 1,853 in primary schools 900 community members have been identified to monitor workplaces and support working women in difficult situations
  • The project focuses on sensitising employers to fulfil their obligations under equal remunerations laws and promotes gender equality and aims at presenting a model for government-citizens partnership in the implementation of laws upholding gender equality
  • The project has established a strategic alliance with PRIs to establish 9 BRCs in the Panchayat Bhawans. They make available and disseminate legal information with respect to the workplace, and also central and state government schemes for working women.
  • 1,904 working women are receiving wages in parity to peer men for similar nature of work
  • 1,937 working women participation at workplaces have been increased
  • 1,422 working women receive equal opportunity for work at workplace with men on the basis of their expertise
  • 2,213 working women have been trained on workplace laws
  • 4,056 girls and 3,939 boys have been benefitted from ICDS services due to increase in working woman’s ability to take decision for their children
  • 6,032 girls and 6,063 boys have been benefitted from an increase in their access to early learning
  • 198 girls and 217 boys have been re-enrolled in school due to increase in their mother’s ability to take decision for their children education