ICCo understands the importance of gender considerations in advancing sustainable development and hence works exclusively in integrating women and marginalized communities in all its projects/programmes/initiatives.
We ensure gender mainstreaming at all stages of project planning, implementation and evaluation, with a view to incorporate the impacts of gender at all levels of decision making. Infact, we have 2000+ direct women beneficiaries in all our projects.
We have been working in the following areas:
Women in value chain
ICCo works closely with women producer organisations in Goalpara district of Assam working in the spices, piggery, fishery sector, providing them training on processing, packaging and branding support apart from access to finance. We have also led efforts for effective implementation of Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) programs and activities under the Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society project. We supported in preparation of inception reports, monitoring, supporting for baseline studies, development of ‘mahila kisan cards’ (women farmer’s cards), development of livelihood prototypes, imparting various trainings.
Women in skill building and entrepreneurship
It aims to uplift 350 economically disadvantaged women weavers from the Gunamora, Tengaguri and Saraihai villages of Baghara Block. The project focusses on products such as attires, shawls, embroidered bed sheets, curtain cloths, traditional dresses, decorative pieces, eri , woollen shawls and salwar pieces.
Women in Clean Energy
In our clean cookstoves project, nearly 75% beneficiaries were women. The project helped in reducing the cooking time per meal and time lost in firewood collection, especially for the women who are overburdened with work. In addition to reducing the drudgery, it also created a smoke-free environment in the kitchen leading to better and safer working conditions and preventing health problems.