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CMFRI imparts empowerment training to Ernakulam district’s fisherwomen
Saturday, 29 December, 2018, 12 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
The fourth batch of the Theeranaipunya project, an initiative of the fisheries department’s Society for Assistance to the Fisherwomen (SAF) aimed at imparting training for skill enhancement and capacity building, has successfully completed empowerment training from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), which acted as a nodal agency to implement the project in Kerala’s Ernakulam district.

An initiative of social commitment, CMFRI organised the two-month-long programme continuously for the fourth time with the support and guidance of SAF. The training programme, which started in October, focussed on the cognitive development of young fisherwomen helping themselves transform their living standards to a better level.  A model initiative for women’s empowerment, the programme was primarily aimed at ensuring better employability to the fisher youth and making them financially self-reliant.

In the first month of the programme, the CMFRI imparted training to the selected young women from the fishing community in the district on a slew of areas such as employability skills, interpersonal skills, communication, management, entrepreneurship, aptitude, motivation, self-improvement, communication, interpersonal skills, profiling, etc. aimed at gender mainstreaming of the fisherwomen.

In the second, the trainees were sent to 35 different institutes or organisations in government and private sectors of their choice and interest, considering their future prospects of employment and career.  

The participants were also guided in choosing appropriate academic programmes for higher studies and developing entrepreneurial tastes to become entrepreneurs. As many as 40 unemployed young fisherwomen who have an educational qualification of +2 or above attended the Theeranaipunya training in its fourth batch.

CMFRI will extend further support to the participants to help them placed in better positions after the training.

Karthika Manoj from Njarakkal was selected as the best trainee of the batch, while Lakshmi S Babu from Punithura and Sushmitha N from Vaikom bagged second and third places, respectively.

CMFRI principal scientist Shyam S Salim is the course director of the Theeranaipunya project in Ernakulam.
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