The Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC) seeks to bring women out of binding normative strictures by making them active participators in societal development and progress. It means the Government of Kerala’s concern in empowering the women of the state. For KSWDC, a just and equal society is not a distant utopian dream, for here empowerment is real and yields tangible results. By encouraging women to be ambitious and confident about their success drives, KSWDC furnishes them with the required support system that makes their needs come into fulfillment. Economic dependence being a weighty hurdle in the realization of such a cause, the organization has many a scheme and policy to cater to the growing demands of the women of the state.
KSWDC (The Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation Ltd) is operating for the betterment of women in Kerala. The body came into being in the year 1988 with a mission to address the advancement of women within the state. As per the statistical profile of women on National Census, Kerala is a model state of India in terms of Health, Education, Employment, Political Participation and Decision Making but the state is trailing behind in gender related matters. Economic dependency was one of the reasons that leave the women with no voice in their households. So in its initial years of operation i.e. from 1988 to 2009 , the body concentrated on providing Financial Support to women entrepreneurs to start up their new ventures for gaining economic independency in the family. In the later years KSWDC also took on the responsibility of creating and implementing projects that would facilitate the overall development of women in society. The empowerment of marginalised women through education, training and the creation of vocational opportunities is essential for the sustained growth of the literate women of Kerala.
KSWDC has disbursed 930 million among eighteen thousand women beneficiaries so far and many job oriented training & development programs have ended up providing worthy jobs to girls belonging to BPL families. Loan disbursement programmes for encouraging women entrepreneurs, Finishing School to attune young girls with respectful jobs, and Gender Awareness Programmes to reach the unreached, are some of the activities of the corporation.
The success stories of the many beneficiaries of KSWDC are real life testimonials of the organization’s commitment and allegiance towards achieving an egalitarian society reposed on sensible and unbiased norms and values. KSWDC invests in the holistic development of the women of its state. Our gender awareness programmers, career grooming services, vocational training facilities, all aim at mainstreaming women’s needs and concerns and also equip our population with pertinent attributes to rightly manipulate the resources and possibilities available to them.
Incorporated in 1988 under the Companies Act 1956, Kerala State Women Development Corporation formulates, promotes and implements projects that aim at raising the status of women to a self-standing and self-sustaining level. Govt. of Kerala has entrusted KSWDC to channelize the overall development of women in the state.
To lead the women of the state towards self-empowerment that will bring forth their enjoyment of a full and unrestrained womanhood.
To advocate the improvement of the social status of women and to enhance their economic security and rights, so that they become co-actors, co-partners & co-beneficiaries in the sustainable development and progress of the society.