"A woman is the full circle.Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform"

The Issues:

SWARD is a secular, grass root non-government and non-profit making organization established in the year 1996 that advances women's human rights. We are a network of women who believe that ensuring women's full equality and participation in society is one of the most effective ways to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world. We contribute and raise funds from a various donors for women to promote the economic security, health, safety, education and leadership of women and girls. Despite many international agreements affirming their human rights, women are still much more likely than men to be poor and illiterate. They usually have less access than men to medical care, property ownership, credit, training and employment. They are far less likely than men to be politically active and far more likely to be victims of domestic violence.
When women are empowered, whole families benefit, and these benefits often have ripple effects to future generations.

Economic Security:

Women perform two-thirds of all labor and produce more than half of the world's food. Yet, women own only about one percent of the world's assets, and represent 70 percent of those living in absolute poverty. We support and work towards the efforts that increase women's ability to contribute to and benefit from economic growth and development.
Violence Against Women
The abuse of women and girls is endemic in most societies around the world. One in three women will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise violated in her lifetime. Rape as a weapon of war is a feature of conflicts. We implement programs that offer immediate services to victims of violence raise awareness about their rights and advocate for an end to all forms of violence.

Education:

Two-thirds of the world's uneducated children are girls, and two-thirds of the world's illiterate adults are women. Numerous studies have demonstrated that educating women and girls is the single most effective strategy to ensure the well-being and health of children, and the long-term success of developing economies. We work for the programs that ensure access to education for women and girls at all stages of their lives.

Health:

In developing countries maternal mortality is the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age. Women and girls lack access to the most basic health care services and are at the highest risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. We educate women about basic health and sanitation practices, demand government accountability for ensuring good public health policy and provide critical services to the most under-served populations.
Natural Resources

Stewardship of natural resources; Women in developing nations are usually in charge of securing water, food and fuel and of overseeing family health and diet. Therefore, they tend to put into immediate practice whatever they learn about nutrition and preserving the environment and natural resources. So we educate them about these issues.

Leadership:

Although women make up 51 percent of the world’s population, they hold only 16 percent of parliamentary and congressional seats worldwide. Their presence in corporate and civic leadership positions remains limited by entrenched gender bias. Women’s civic and political participation is essential to the achievement of open and democratic societies. We support women’s leadership in civic organizations, in local government and in decision-making bodies at the highest levels of governance.

Empowerment throughout the life cycle: Reproductive health is a lifetime concern for both women and men, from infancy to old age. SWARD implements programmes tailored to the different challenges they face at different times in life.

SWARD is deeply committed to improving the lives of poor women, men, girls and boys in some of the least developed areas of Andhra Pradesh. We choose to focus particularly on women, because in every society they struggle against gender norms that limit their resources and opportunities for improvement, and because we know that women’s empowerment is a tremendous resource for social change and a prerequisite in the broader fight against global poverty. But most fundamentally, we work with women because women are important in their own right. At SWARD, we strive for a world in which a person’s rights, responsibilities, opportunities and dignity are determined not by their status as male or female, but as a human being.