Grassroots leaders are often placed far from mainstream or established institutions in-spite of being the backbone of every community. Women in rural areas especially have little or no access to such social securities due to lack of documents and information. To bridge this gap, NEN has been consistently building the capacity of women’s groups on women’s rights and their access to rights and entitlements through different programmes. There is a critical need to develop leadership skills of grassroots women and with this in mind, a one day workshop on ‘Developing Leadership skills for Grassroots women’ was organized in Plasha village , Ri- Bhoi District of Meghalaya on November 30, 2020 as part of the 16 Days Activism Campaign against Gender Based Violence. The workshop saw enthusiastic participation from 52 women weavers.
Mayfereen Ryntathiang, President of Grassroot Organization, facilitated the workshop. She explained that many rural women consider themselves uneducated and unfit to take up leadership roles and this mindset has to be removed so as to encourage leadership among them. The budding leaders participated in activities and group work that aimed at building good communication skills for efficient and effective accomplishment as a team.