Non-participation of women in panchayati raj institutions (PRIs), despite over half a century of experimentation, is a major concern of those who want to see better democratic practices. Jatan believes that this problem is rooted mainly in the ignorance and illiteracy of masses and socio-structural impediments that hinder women from taking leadership roles. The reservation of seats for women in PRI’s has in many cases only been a visual treat to the eyes while in actual sense, they still lack the power to exercise their roles.
Increasing the participation of women and youth in governance and improving the quality of governance is at the forefront of Jatan’s agenda.
In its endeavors to create and safe and conducive environment for women, Jatan has with the support from local women leaders established a Mahila Salah Evam Suraksha Kendra( Women’s advisory and protection center) as a center for addressing issues of women and girls’ who experience violence. Jatan’s intervention to address all forms of violence against women categorizes under three larger strategies.