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:

  • 10,000 working women have been mobilised into 324 groups
  • Almost 2,000 working women are receiving wages in parity to men for similar work
  • More than 1,900 working women’s participation at workplaces has increased
  • Over 1,400 working women receive equal opportunity for work at workplace with men on the basis of their expertise
  • 1,550 employers have committed to revise wage rules in support of wage parity
  • 8,000 children have benefitted from ICDS services and more than 400 children have been re-enrolled into school due to increase in working woman’s ability to take decision for their children