The UNESCO has expressed willingness to support the IT dissemination project of the State of Kerala in India, 'Akshaya', which is focusing on women empowerment.
UNESCO, as stated in the proposal, will undertake content development activities, related to legal guidance, career guidance, government schemes, health, motherhood and child etc to enable social and cultural empowerment of women. Content would be developed through selected Akshaya centres. Research and training also would form part of this programme. In the second phase, income generation activities through women groups under the Akshaya centres are envisaged. Unesco will undertake a pilot project in Kannur and around 15 to 20 Akshaya centres would be selected in the beginning and capacity building exercises would be initiated. The UNDP, the University of Adelaide and the Queensland University of Technology are also associated with this venture.
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