WOMEN ASSOCIATION, SELF HELP GROUPS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN EMPOWERING WOMEN OF CHAKMA AUTONOMOUS DISTRICT COUNCIL IN MIZORAM: A STUDY
Keywords:Women Empowerment, Upliftment, Association, Opportunities, Vulnerable Groups, Local Government.
By fostering resourcefulness and hard work, particularly in rural areas, local government, self-help groups (SHGs), and women's associations have been recognised as effective tools for women's empowerment and poverty alleviation across the country. Through these organisations, women have demonstrated their strong entrepreneurial spirit and ability to generate income for both their families and the communities in which they live. Even though women have made great strides, their inferiority complex toward men still exists, and they continue to experience a dramatic uptick in violence and atrocities, while the majority of girls are still not receiving equal opportunity in education. Women's organisations, particularly those in local governance, play a crucial role in empowering women to fight for their rights socially, economically, and politically, mobilising the community and helping female youth in developing their socioeconomic status. With 33% and 50% of the seats in Panchayati Raj institutions reserved for women, women in India gained constitutional status. However, under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, village councils, a type of local government, only have one reserved seat but have the option of adding more. In defining their obligations and rights to improve the socioeconomic position of themselves, youth, and other women, the female village council members collaborate with the Self-Help and Women's Association. Therefore, this paper is to understand better how Mahila Samiti, the only women's organisation in the Chakma Autonomous District Council, Self-Help Groups, and local government work together to empower the women in Kamalanagar Village, as well as how their cooperation and association with one another as human resources and components contribute to improving the socioeconomic condition of the society in general and the vulnerable groups, such as women and youth, for sustainability through a descriptive analytical method on the basis of interview schedule.