PRAGATI means, “progress”, is an acronym for ‘Panchayat Rule and Gender Awareness Training Institute. PRAGATI is dedicated to the democratic principle of ‘By the women, for the women and of the women.’ The organization has been animatedly involved in activating local self-governance institutes in the newly formed state of Uttrakhand. It has empowered Panchayati Raj Institutes for reinforcing the participation of women, especially in the light of the reservation provided to them by the 73rd Constitutional Amendment.
PRAGATI, a sister organization of RLEK, got registered as a separate entity under the Societies Registration Act, 1860,in the year 2000. Since then the organisation has been working tirelessly towards upliftment of the women in the state of Uttrakhand, for more than a decade now.
Panchayati Rule and Gender Awareness Training Institute - PRAGATI an All Women Organisation based in Dehradun, in the state of Uttarakhand, India. The organisation - a group of passionate, dynamic women operate with the firm belief on the Democratic Principle of “By the women, for the women and of the women” to attain Gender Equity in Local Governance in the states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Haryana. PRAGATI got registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in the year 2000.
As a Resource Centre established to cater to the Defined needs of Women Elected Functionaries and the Women, PRAGATI endeavors for an environment for Capacity and Skill Enhancement to deliver an Accountable, Transparent, and Responsive Local Governance.
Good Governance is a percussor to growth- especially Economic Growth. Gains are huge when women come in Governance , they change the face of the Development Agenda.
The 73rd Amendment to the Indian Constitution in 1993 revolutionized the concept of ‘Grass-Roots’ Democracy. It paved the way to strengthened women’s participation; ensuring mandatory 33% reservations at all the tiers in Local Self Governance. Today out of the 3 Million Elected representatives in the 2.5 million villages of India a gigantic 1.2 million stand as Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) a number more than the Elected Representatives put together all over the world.
Women in leadership are “non-hierarchical and participatory, and give priority to disadvantaged sectors”. Their leadership also focuses on “issues rather than personalities.” Women further consider their leadership as promoting a greater responsiveness of local government policies and services.
A study undertaken by PRAGATI reveals certain positive fallouts, with 78% of the panchayats represented by the women, encompasses structural changes in the rural socio-economic situation in order to achieve the prosperity and welfare.The Vienna Declaration of 1993 states that, Deficit participation in Governance erodes and violates the Political and Civil Rights of women, which constitute the basic spirit of Human Rights.
Health, Sanitation, Education and Water services tend to be better in Panchayats led by women rather than men. But despite receiving objectively better service, women were subjected to harsher standards of performance than men. The findings show that, the relationship between women’s stated priorities and actual spending patterns in villages, women leaders tend to invest more in the requirements of the marginalized and women. They have also brought alcohol abuse & domestic violence onto the agenda of political campaigns.