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For every girl, every woman, everywhere

Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3) works with the goal of helping women and girls for fulfilling their dreams free from the constraints of poverty and inequality

Published on June 17, 2021 at 6:40 am

Facilitating changes to promote trained midwives and midwifery-led care within public health systems in India with the aim to improve maternal health services. Through a multi-pronged approach across the country, supporting midwives as a specialized cadre for providing quality and respectful care for normal births. In the frame: A midwife at work, antenatal check-up. Project ‘WRAI Midwifery’, Bihar.

For the past three decades, the Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3) has been a leader in designing and implementing quality programs that both empower and mobilize young people, women and men to be equal partners in development. C3 works directly in 6 states of India – Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam and West Bengal. It has remained focused on one single mission – to make the lives of girls and women in India better, by enabling an environment which provides an equal opportunity to them; by ensuring that they grow up as educated, informed, confident citizens of India; live dignified and healthy lives; and emerge as leaders at the frontline.

“Development can only come when every girl, every woman, everywhere realize their rights and reach their full potential, therefore, C3 works with the goal of helping women and girls for fulfilling their dreams free from the constraints of poverty and inequality. Our youth programs equip boys and girls with practical life skills, improved confidence in personal decision making and increased self-esteem. We are committed to women’s equal participation in governance and leadership roles as a step towards building a stronger nation. Reversing maternal mortality, building awareness and access to better family planning and ensuring pregnant women and newborn receive respectful care in maternal health institutions can also transform into long-term positive socio-economic as well as health outcomes,” says  Aparajita Gogoi, Executive Director, Centre for Catalyzing Change.

Enabling Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) for all women, everywhere, and institutionalizing RMC in mainstream healthcare provisions and policies. Building capacities and strengthening maternal health services and systems by working with healthcare providers to ensure quality, respectful, gender-equitable and non-discriminatory services for all women. In the frame: A team of doctors and nurses at a post-natal ward in a government hospital. Project ‘Promoting Respectful Maternity Care in India’, Chhattisgarh.

Strengthening women’s political participation and influence within Panchayati Raj Institutions, and at block and district levels. Training women leaders to efficiently monitor health services, ensure reproductive health, maternal care and nutrition of women and children, and tackle social issues such as girls dropping out of school, early marriage and domestic violence. In the frame: A woman leader addressing pregnant women and new mothers to encourage better nutrition and regular check-ups, along with Anganwadi workers, ASHA and ANM. Project ‘Pahel’, Bihar.

Promoting the uptake of family planning services. Building the agency of young couples, supporting women so they can exercise their right to reproductive choices, spacing births, and building a cadre of men who are supporters and champions of women’s equal participation in contraception and family planning decision making. In the frame: A young couple receiving information on various contraceptive methods from a health service provider. Project ‘Community Participation in delivery of Family Planning’, Odisha.

Sensitizing young boys on gender and issues affecting women and girls through in-school and in-community life skills education. Creating a cadre of peer educators to enable adolescent girls and boys to stay in school, avoid early marriage, learn about sexual and reproductive health, discourage drug use, raise their voice against bullying and promote gender equity. In the frame: A session with 11th grade students on gender equality through interactive activities. Project ‘Tarang’, Bihar.

Bridging the gendered digital divide for tribal girls in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Providing basic financial and digital training, access to digital devices in marginalized regions, scholarships and financial support to girls from low-income families, and providing market-linked vocational skills for livelihood opportunities. In the frame: A 17-year-old girl at a digital training session in her village community centre. Project ‘Badhtey Kadam’, Chhattisgarh.

Accelerating gender-focused and evidenced-based policy making for women and girls. Generating robust and credible data and evidence with the aim to improve women’s work participation, skilling, financial and digital literacy and access, safety, mobility, and adolescent girls’ school-to-work transitions. In the frame: A young girl at work as a transport driver. ‘Sakshamaa’ Initiative, Bihar.

Building resilience, leadership skills and self-confidence in girls so they can make informed choices and decisions. Integrating life skills education in school curriculum for classes 6th to 11th and incorporating unique and interactive activities such as exposure visits, role-plays, theatre, sports and other extra-curricular activities. In the frame: An all-girls school football team practice session. Project ‘Udaan’, Jharkhand.

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