Major issues concerning women in the operational areas of AIDA include: domestic violence, gender discrimination, exclusion from decision making process, victims of polygamy and exploitation. AIDA’s interventions therefore, focuses on enabling women to take responsibility for their growth, development, and freedom by educating them on their rights, promoting self-employment.
This enabling includes awareness and capacity building at various levels, promoting social responsibility and voluntarism, building and strengthening community-based, people-owned economic and rights-based organisations like SHGs, equipping them with responsible and competent leadership, and linking them with resources, technology and expertise.
Formed and linked over 1150 Self Help Groups (SHGs) to National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) in 226 villages and continues to support and strengthen the groups across Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland , Manipur and Assam.
12 semi-literate women from the rural villages of Tamenglong district, Manipur are trained as Solar Mamas (Solar engineers) and they effectively provide services in solar installation, repairs, maintenance, etc., to 450 households in 6 solar electrified villages through AIDA in collaboration with Barefoot College, Tilonika, Rajsthan.
Over 75 village women are trained on Handloom and weaving every year and every two months 15 women are trained to encourage self-employment and assistance is provided to find market access. On completion of their training, the successful candidates are to start their own weaving centres.
80 rural women trained in tailoring and provided with Sewing machine who in turn have trained over 600 other women in their respective villages in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. The programme is in collaboration with Usha International. They also provide certification to the successful candidates.