Mountain women work almost twice as much as the men on activities that require more time and energy, but are nowhere as rewarding financially. They are involved in agricultural and road labour, cattle rearing, collection of fuelwood & fodder and water management. Women also typically use traditional methods of performing these tasks, which implies even greater physical labour and time. They lack access to education and their health suffers from the backbreaking labour compounded by poor nutrition and prolonged exposure to fuelwood smoke. Their lack of literacy, vocational skills and exposure constrains the ability of mountain women to help themselves. Decision making power too rests with the men, except perhaps in household matters.

The sad plight and yet the unique strengths of mountain women encouraged Pragya to address women's rights and development needs. The intervention is aimed at enabling the women of the high altitude region of the Indian Himalayas by enhancing their educational status, as well as their capacity and opportunity for effective participation in economic activities and political decision-making.

The project is being implemented in:
12 districts (Tawang, W. Kameng, Darjeeling, W. Sikkim, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh, Lahaul & Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Leh, Kargil) in the Indian Himalayas.
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