PRAGATI was carved out of a renowned NGO ‘Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK)’ on 10th February 2000. It was founded by a group of passionate, dynamic women who operate the organization with belief in the Democratic Principle “By the women, for the women and of the women” to attain gender equity in local governance in the states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Haryana. The organization comprises only women working for the upliftment of women. The management board also consists of women. These women are drawn from diverse fields and have a wide range of experiences in the fields of rural development, management, community mobilization, gender, law, governance, monitoring and evaluation. PRAGATI was created to achieve the Vision to build a gender just society and to accomplish the mission to enhance the status of women in social, economic and political spheres. PRAGATI focuses on providing a support system to deliver good governance and capacitate women - the need of the hour of rural, poverty ridden, unreached, vulnerable people. As a Resource Centre, building innovative strategies and practices to broaden the women political education, vision and skills through capacity building, advocacy & lobbying, trainings, exposure, networking with emphasis on exclusive training for women representatives is central to PRAGATI. Since its creation, PRAGATI has run more that 25 projects, such as: - Legal Awareness Camp to make women aware of their legal rights; - Women’s Empowerment Program through Self Help Groups; - Augmenting Gender Equity in Local Governance through Transformative Women’s Leadership and Citizenship; - Mobilization and formation of 180 SHGs. - Training of Trainers for Village Resource Management Committees. PRAGATI is involved in pre-, during- and post-election training of elected women functionaries of local self governance; and is in the second half of 2014, in the process to run four legal awareness programs. Lack of legal literacy is not just an impediment to individual dreams but to the effective functioning of the democracy. The issues of gender and poverty increase this problem manifold. In India’s context as the population nears the 1 billion mark and with issues of poverty and social inequities becoming larger, it is time to face the challenges. PRAGATI believes that legal literacy is the key to the all round development of the country. There is an emergent need to generate legal literacy amongst the masses especially amongst the disadvantaged sections of the society. Women, due to their low levels of literacy, are susceptible to injustices. With the aim to impart practical knowledge about the basic legal rights and remedies provided under various women-related laws, thereby making them fit to face the challenges in real life situations, the four legal awareness programs are ran by PRAGATI, with the support of National Commission for Women, in the districts of Haridwar (blocks Bahadrabad and Luxar) and Dehradun (blocks Raipur and Sahaspur) of Uttarakhand. In order to seek justice for all, safeguard rights and promote legal empowerment of the society there, emerges a need for making the local populace legally aware about their rights and entitlements. PRAGATI also acts as resource agency in various projects of RLEK. Via its activities PRAGATI supports approximately 6,500 women. These women are belonging to marginalized communities living below the poverty line, Self Help Groups women and elected women functionaries from entire state of Uttarakhand. PRAGATI’s activities are funded by different Ministries and Government departments such as Ministry of Minority Affairs, National Commission For Women etc. to name a few. PRAGATI works in the rural parts of India and concentrates its activities in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. PRAGATI employs 11 staff and gets support from 20 local volunteers. PRAGATI also has more than 40 interns coming each month from various universities of India and abroad. Their work is equivalent to 10 full time employees.