Institute of Social Studies Trust ISST's recent study, "Beyond the Norm: Scope of Non-traditional Livelihood Skilling for Women in Achieving Women's Economic Empowerment" aimed to understand the importance of skilling women in what is considered as ‘nontraditional’ and how that can lead to women’s economic empowerment. While there is no fixed definition of which work can qualify as ‘non-traditional’, vis-à-vis ‘traditional’, there are several ways through which it can be approached.
The research conducted with the support of Non-traditional Livelihood Network partner organisations was designed as a qualitative study with in-depth case narratives of selected participants. As a part of the dissemination plan of the research findings, a short film was commissioned by the team to help the key findings of the report reach a wider audience. Wind Beneath My Wings is a visual representation of the experience of NTL skilling of two organisations within the NTL network, that the study looks into. By highlighting the skilling journey of Beena Toppo, an adivasi girl living in the tea garden area of North Bengal getting skilled in wall painting and by diving into the pedagogical design of the driving training programme of Azad Foundation, the film showcases the processes and challenges of Non-traditional livelihoods skilling The film has been directed by Debalina Majumder, an independent film maker and cinematographer of international repute.
Study can be found on this link http://18.104.22.168:8080/jspui/bitstream/123456789/1654/1/Beyond...
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