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Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment

After the 2004 tsunami devastated Kerala’s fishing industry, Amma immediately understood that alternate forms of livelihood were necessary. 
Women could become proficient in a trade not dependent on the sea. Amma’s vision is a society where there are no barriers to the social, emotional and economic empowerment of women, which further leads to gender equality. 

Men and women are of equal value, like two wings of a bird. For without the two in perfect harmony,  humanity cannot progress.”

- Amma


Why it Matters

Women comprise more than half of the world’s population.

They are exponentially more vulnerable to discrimination, violence, climate change, food insecurity, illness, economic disadvantages, and political underrepresentation. Attaining gender equality is the only way to ensure sustainable communities moving forward.

Our Work

Empowering women’s independence through micro loans and the Amrita Self-Reliance, Education & Employment scheme.
Education, research, and implementation for gender equality and women’s empowerment
Providing lifelong pensions for 100,000 widows, individuals with disabilities, and impoverished women.
Training India’s largest police force in gender equality and mental wellbeing
Addressing the needs of sanitation in India
Vocational training solutions for individual and community empowerment

Our Impact

Lifetime pensions for widows and poor women
Microfinanced women
Women trained in skill development
Self-help groups of women in India

Our Partners

We collaborate with leading humanitarian and environmental institutions worldwide

Our Voices

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The vast majority of our work is carried out by local volunteers.


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Partner with us

We collaborate with academic institutions or NGOs

What is truly remarkable is the strategy, where it is proposed to map out vulnerabilities of women and girls at various levels and from different perspectives, and through research, study, training, and an exchange of best practices, to find the best possible solutions, replicable by others. I am confident that Amrita University will make sure that both the ceiling and the floor for women will be raised.

Former Ambassador of India to UNESCO

Watch Amma’s daily livestream

Amma offers us the possibility to connect online with her on a daily basis. During these livestreams, we can meditate with Amma, chant bhajans (devotional singing) and hear spiritual teachings.

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