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Without Women No Development

Selected Case Studies from Asia of Non-Formal Education for Women

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Jyoti Sangh: Training for Self-Reliance (Ahmedabad, Gujarat)

One of the major forces which led to the awakening of women and inspired them to play a significant role in the political, economic and social development of the country was the call from Mahatma Gandhi to participate in the freedom movement in the late twenties and thirties of this century. Gandhiji believed that the country could not progress unless the women, who formed half the population of the country, were educated, were emancipated from poverty, casteism and narrow conservatism, and gained economic independence to strengthen their self-confidence. His was a tremendous effort to create among the people of the country an awareness for the need to respect every woman as an individual whose dignity had to be upheld.

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