The Formative Research Report of the Gender Justice Program being implemented by ANANDI in collaboration with MPSRLM in Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh intends to explore the current context of gender responsive strategies and practices across institutional levels of NRLM (national, state-MP, district and block) and within community institutions in Sheopur district. It aims to understand the current status of gender responsiveness of these institutions and the gaps and challenges that need to be addressed so that rural women are empowered and able to access their rights and entitlements through these collective spaces.
The Formative Research aims to trace the journey towards gender mainstreaming within NRLM and MPSRLM and understand the gender responsiveness of various MPSRLM platforms including community institutions such as CLF. In doing so, the research intends to lay out the ground on which GJP started its work so that the subsequent journey and process of change may be mapped and analysed.
The Formative research seeks to answer the following questions:
- What has been the relation between the SHG model of development and women’s rights and gender equality in the Indian context?
- What policies and strategies have been adopted by NRLM and MPSRLM so far towards women’s rights and gender equality?
- What is the current status of knowledge and perspectives on women’s rights and gender equality of the MPSRLM staff as well as that of Samta Sakhis recruited by ANANDI?
- What is the current role of CLF and the status of VOs and SACs and how responsive are these to gender needs?
The Formative Research has helped trace the journey of NRLM and MPSRLM with regard to gender mainstreaming. The research design for formative research including the sample was decided through workshops and discussions with the ANANDI team and in collaboration with MPSRLM and NRLM. Subject Matter experts are well known scholars, activists and civil society members who have been working with NRLM over a long period of time and were decided mutually by ANANDI and ICRW. Given that this was human subject research, ethical practices such as informed consent, confidentiality, privacy, and voluntary participation were strictly adhered to.