What began in the late 1980's as a movement by a small group of young women inspired by the spirit of the Gandhian Boodan Movement of the 60’s evolved in to the official formation of "WORD - Women's organisation for rural development" in the year 1991. The oppressive conditions with the prevalence of highly discriminated groups and cruel practices perpetrated against the female gender were the most motivational factors. Female infanticide, foeticide and dowry in the villages and the suburban areas are just some examples for fatal grievances in the district of Namakkal.
The appalling plight of the most marginalized community , the dalits, and other deprived sections, together with the rising degradation and depletion of the natural livelihood resources but also the declining transmission of HIV/AIDS in all our villages had to be addressed.
The executive body of WORD consists of six women and one man and the general body is composed of 14 women and one man. In the recent year twice as many women as men worked full-time. In addition we had 32 volunteers in our organisation with a clear majority being women.
Over the years we worked together with national organisations as well as international partners from all over the world as you can see in the navigation bar “Partners”. We are always looking for cooperations to realise new projects. Join our movement and engage now.
Our Vision is to attain an equitable social order without discrimination on the basis of gender, caste, religious faith and class which is also in harmony with nature.
We believe in Participatory Community Development. Projects are constructed in a sustainable way. Our aim is to not only give financial aid but to enable them to make the first step into an independent life. Thus the women are empowered and a system of mutual support is created. As a result a whole community of women and marginalized people can benefit.
- Empowerment of women for gender equity
- Facilitating towards Socio-Economic-Empowerment
- Emancipating women and female children to get out of traditional cultural clutches and atrocities
- Equipping women with vocational leaderships and entrepreneurial skills towards achieving a vital economic independence
- Making effective use of the organized collective strength and the economic empowerment of rural women towards removing the traditional cultural shackles, especially the cruel practice of female infanticide and foeticide which is highly prevalent in our operational areas
- Forming women into self-help groups, federations and credit linkages with financial institutions