SDG 5: Gender Equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Gender inequality is a historical form of injustice, prevalent since the beginning of time. And its elimination will surely be heralded as a historic win!
Women across the social and economic spectrum are subjected to violence and discrimination. Its universality makes it one of the biggest roadblocks in protecting human rights and building a sustainable future. In fact, recent studies point towards gender equality as a catalyst for sustainable development.
For years now, women empowerment has been at the crux of many initiatives led by various organizations. These efforts have shown remarkable progress in the past 20 years. But, here’s where we stand today.
Gender Inequality in India Today
Encouraging Technical Talent from Weak Economic Backgrounds - SKSVMA
SKSVMA runs the Smt Kamala and Sri Venkappa M Agadi College of Engineering and Technology (SKSVMACET), a co-educational engineering college in Gadag, Karnataka. Their vision is to provide world-class engineering education and upskill rural aspirants, especially girls, who lack the financial backing to pursue their dreams.
The Sonata-SKSVMACET Partnership
We’ve collaborated with SKSVMACET to offer education, training, and employment opportunities to deserving students. We grant scholarships every year to four chosen candidates — two each from the Computer Science/Information Systems and the Electronics and Communication streams. These beneficiaries are selected based on their performance in the third year. Additionally, we’ve taken the onus to provide at least one scholarship to a deserving girl student from each stream and also extend internship and placement opportunities.
Empowering women through skills training and capacity building
Kriti Social Initiatives — an Indian not-for-profit organization (Public Charitable Trust) and a social enterprise — was established in August 2009 with a vision to alleviate the poverty of the urban poor. It paves a path for economic independence of women and children in the urban slums of Hyderabad by giving them better quality of life.
Kriti’s areas of focus are:
- Education of children
- Empowerment of women
Our partnership with Kriti is an attempt to empower women through skills training and capacity building such as tailoring and basket making. Our collective efforts help women become confident individuals who are equipped to make better choices for themselves and their families.