While working on economic empowerment of women and securing sustainable livelihood for rural women in Nagpur, Chandrapur and Akola districts for some years. In Akola district the women with whom Prakriti work are widows from suicide affected farmers families. While working on these issues, Prakriti team realized that Land plays a very crucial role in the lives of women from agrarian households and also from non-agrarian household, as the main source of livelihood for women is farming. So the program on women and land rights was launched with the support of Womanity Foundation,
The program is implemented in 30 villages of Nagpur rural and has the following objectives:
A) To create awareness about land rights of women
B) To increase access, decision making and control of women over land
Women leaders are identified from the targeted villages. and orientation for women leaders was organized and each leader was oriented about the objective and outcomes of the project.
Here are some of the salient observation with regard to the status of women and land rights in the identified 30 villages of Nagpur district :
The functionaries at the village level, like the Gramsevak, Patwari, etc are not very supportive thus the project also aim at sensitizing the machinery and involving Gramsabhas in support of women’s land right