Dheeram Project

Context: The Ernakulam District Kudumbashree Mission is set to roll out ‘Dheeram’, a project aimed at imparting martial arts based self defence training to women, at two gender resource centres. About Dheeram Project:
  • Two women master trainers will impart training to 30 women aged between 18 and 35 years.
  • 200 ­hour training will be imparted to the women across a year.
  • The idea is to instil self confidence among women.
  • The women will also have the opportunity to offer martial arts training under the Kudumbashree Mission thus turning their skills into an income generation source.
  • Kudumbashree is the poverty eradication and women empowerment programme implemented by the State Poverty Eradication Mission (SPEM) of the Government of Kerala set up in 1997. 
  • The name Kudumbashree in Malayalam language means ‘prosperity of the family’.
  • The name represents ‘Kudumbashree Mission’ or SPEM as well as the Kudumbashree Community Network.
  • Its formation was in the context of the devolution of powers to the Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) in Kerala.
  • In 2011, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India recognised Kudumbashree as the State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM) under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM).
News Source: The Hindu 

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