CED (Tamil Nadu) believes that Economic Development of Women will automatically facilitate their Social and Political Development. Such an economic development of women can happen either through gainful employment or profitable self employment. Focusing the efforts on the above lines, CED has undertaken a number of skill training and Entrepreneurship Development activities for the benefits of women.
CED designed the course content and prepared the course material for the Women EDP when it was launched for the first time in the State. This course material was then reprinted by the Directorate of Industries and Commerce every year for the use of Women EDP Trainees. Thus, CED was involved in the implementation of Women EDP right from the inception of the scheme.
CED conducted a number of workshops/ seminars/ conferences at the regional and national level on Women Empowerment in association with other developmental agencies with the support of Government agencies.
CED partnered with Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bangalore, to implement the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Project of Empowering Women through Enterprises. The Canadian Consortium of Business Schools (CCBS) and Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) were also part of the projects. Women SHG leaders drawn from three southern states viz. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala were trained through the scheme.
CED (Tamil Nadu) had undertaken a prestigious assignment of International Labour Organization (ILO) for training 2,400 women (mothers of rehabilitated child labourers) in IGP Activities in and around Tirupur of Coimbatore District and in and around Sivakasi of Virudhunagar District.
Harvard University, USA identified CED (Tamil Nadu) as their partner agency in their research project to assess the impact of the Sustainable Access for Rural India (SARI) Project on the rural women at Melur, Madurai District. CED (Tamil Nadu) was closely associated with n-Logue Communications Pvt. Ltd, Chennai in identification and training of the Internet Kiosk Operators. The commercial viability of the Internet Kiosks was also assessed at the request of the District Collector.
CED (Tamil Nadu) was allotted EDP Training for women under the District Rural Development Agency Scheme and the Centre trained around 1,000 women during the current year 2001 – 2002. The entire course content was converted into Business Games to train the illiterate rural women. The training was well received by them
In the year 2001 - 2002, Under the DRDA scheme, CED has imparted Skill Training to around 300 Self Help Group women in and around Madurai District on Candle making, Food Processing – Pickle and Juice making, Masala Powder manufacturing, Cleaning Power Manufacturing, etc
CED (Tamil Nadu) was also involved in the Gender Sensitization Programme provided to the Police Officials in Virudhunagar District.
CED (Tamil Nadu) conducted Entrepreneurship Development Programme for Women in Technology oriented industrial sectors such as Information Technology and IT Enabled Services, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, etc.
CED (Tamil Nadu) was also involved in training the existing women entrepreneurs which was sponsored by National Entrepreneurship Development Board (NEDB), Ministry of SSI & ARI, New Delhi.