It gives me great pleasure to share, Innovative Practices for Care of Elderly Women in India, with you.
This document has been prepared with support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Stree Shakti – The Parallel Force. The aim behind this initiative is to promote the rights of ageing women and showcase effective models that are dedicated to restoring their dignity.
Women who are single, abandoned (‘half widows’) or widowed face multiple barriers due to illiteracy, malnutrition, abuse, isolation, ill health, lack of housing and exclusion from economic benefits. This is particularly true for the old.
Recommendations from formal and informal consultations have pointed out the need for a systematic documentation of innovative initiatives that are being implemented by civil society and government to address the discrimination and inequalities faced by elderly women. This document has been prepared to facilitate awareness and exchange of information for mutual learning on the subject amongst different stakeholders and effective replication of such innovative ideas.
With support from UNFPA and cooperation of our civil society organisations, we have identified nine good practices from across the country. Though is not an exhaustive list of good practices, I am very proud to state that all the case studies documented in this resource book are unique and extraordinary in terms of their approach, outreach and sustainability.
Rekha Mody - Founder
Stree Shakti - The Parallel Force