Case Studies in Convergence Series No. 1:
Rural young women continue to be excluded from educational and economic opportunities in the formal service economy in India. Although there are several skill-building programs run by the government, NGOs and corporate initiatives in India, they are mostly located in cities and typically recruit young women from low-income urban communities.
To address these gaps, an innovative residential job skills and placement program was implemented in Pune City, Maharashtra, India for rural young women from Purandar block, Pune District. The program was developed through a unique, multi-sectoral partnership facilitated by the 3D Program for Girls and Women with SNDT Women’s University, Tech Mahindra Foundation and MASUM, and implemented as a demonstration project to derive recommendations on how to increase and strengthen job skills training and placement opportunities for young women from rural areas.