Girls, more than women or boys, lack access to financial capital and have limited opportunities to gain education, knowledge and skills that can lead to economic advancement. Inadequate policy frameworks and inequitable gender norms also often create barriers to girls’ economic advancement. The factors that contribute to adolescent girls’ economic empowerment examine three main approaches – financial employment, life-skills and social support strategies. For a sound financial strategy, it is important to link workforce development and employment strategies with market needs and opportunities. We recommend that programmes offering vocational training and employment opportunities should include these initiatives to match market requirements and opportunities. This approach not only requires designing a quality training process that builds girls’ technical and soft skills, but also enlists the commitment of employers to hire participants.
Since 2004, We (Sofia Educational and Welfare Society) have been working in the field of education, health, hygiene, advocacy, women empowerment, and providing vocational training like cutting and tailoring, dress designing, beauty culture and computer training to girls and women especially in the minority area and to weaker section of the society and put our effort to make them self dependent, self confident and giving them placement.
In addition, we have trained more than a thousand women and girls in vocational training for last 8 years and placed more than 30-40 percent in different companies and some of them are doing their own business and earning bread and butter for their family.
We have number of the success stories in our organization. We have an authorized study centre of NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OPEN SCHOOLIING, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of INDIA and having AVI NO-990246 with the name of our organization. After completion of the course we provide certificates to the beneficiaries conduct exam by the help of NIOS and provide the certificate (NIOS, MHRD) which is helpful to the beneficiaries to get the employment in private or government sector. We have the authorization from DGE&T, ministry of labor Govt. of INDIA as registered VTP and VTP registration No: 107036296 and imparting skill development training through MES. We have been trying to skilled women and girls and give the placement to them and they can stand on their feet and work for their family and in last one decade thousand of women and girls have been trained and placed in different companies.
SOFIA has been running more than 40 SHG groups and in each group there are twenty or twenty five women in a group and having inter loaning between them and collect the amount and deposit in the account and then after bank linkages get done and micro financing with the bank get start and women can their start their mini business at their home like boutique, general store, beauty culture shop, etc for earning breed and butter for their family.
SOFIA team has been working for the implementation of minorities’ schemes on grass root level for the welfare of the minorities from Delhi government and Central Government since last one decade and helping the beneficiaries to make the Income certificate, OBC certificate, and other necessary documents availing the schemes from government. Till now, SOFIA has been able to provide the minorities scholarships nearly 5000 till like fee reimbursement, scholarships, stationary scholarship first class to twelfth class.
SOFIA NGO has been working with Delhi commission for women Govt. of NCT, Delhi and helping women in distress like domestic violence, rape crisis, and harassment at work place, harassment for dowry, women rights, help them i.e. victim to register the FIR, legal counseling, legal awareness to women and girls and helps them to get their rights. We have been working for child marry since so many years and have a proper team to counsel the parents who marry her daughter in early age. We help women to provide free lawyer with the help of Delhi legal service authorities Govt. of NCT Delhi. SOFIA has been promoting URDU, ARABIC language, Calligraphy since last 6 years and organizing calligraphy exhibitions in different States in INDIA.
Sofia has got reorganization for outstanding contribution for the upliftment of the deprived section of the community especially women and girls and got award from different concerned agencies and also got the media award from Panjab Keshri news paper for best social work in India.