With an aim to create safer spaces for women living in rural villages, Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting,has launched first-of-its-kind CSRprogram called RatriChaupal in India. Under this program, the company is illuminating communal spaces in villages to enable women to gather safely after sunset and attend night school and various information sessions on health, nutrition, agriculture, women’s safety, government schemes and financial literacy.
The company has partnered with SrushtiSevaSamiti to launch the pilot project in 10 villages in the Mavliblock of Udaipur, Rajasthan. The project was launched by Shri Jagdish Raj Shrimali, Honorable Minister of State & Vice Chairman, Labor Advisory Board, Rajasthan.
The program aims to positively impactmore than 7,500 women and children in the district, by conducting sessions on health, nutrition, agricultural techniques and financial literacy. The project also expects to increase the participation of women in night schools and supportthe village households with enrollment support for government schemes.
Commenting on the launch, Nikhil Gupta, Head of Commercial Operations, Marketing and CSR, Signify Innovations India Limited, said, “With a vision to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world, Signify is committed tomake people’s lives safer. One of the most significant factors affecting the safety and well-being of women and families living in villages is the lack of adequate lighting after sunset. With a unique program like RatriChaupal, Signify will enable women to participate more actively in their local communities, giving them more time topursueeducation, social and financial literacy programs and community involvement in a safe environment”
Speaking at the launch event, Shyam Sundar Bhatt, Chairman, ShrushtiSevaSamiticommented, “It has been a great association working with Signify tocreate this unique and impactful RatriChaupalprogram. Women living in villages are afraid to venture out after sunset due to lack of adequate illumination, and as a result they miss out on opportunities to attend night school, learn about various social and financial schemes run by the government or simply engage with other members of the community. With this program, we have created a safe space for these women to connect with each other every evening and gain access to education and information, that can have a significant impact on their future.”
Additionally, the illuminated community centers will also function as libraries, open to all, when not in use for the chaupalsessions. After the success of the pilot project in Udaipur, Signify plans to expand this program to 10 more villages in other districts in Rajasthan.