WomenPowerConnect (WPC) was born out of the realization that, despite substantial grassroots efforts, women’s organizations and groups in India lacked the necessary co-ordination needed for translating their efforts into legislative and policy outcomes necessary for real progress. WPC was conceived as a unified voice representing the varied number of women’s organizations.
The genesis of WPC was through a consultative process. On June 5, 2004, a group of likeminded NGOs and development professionals came together to engage in a dialogue on the possibility of establishing a national level umbrella organization for women. Out of this dialogue emerged an endorsement on behalf of those present for the creation of WPC.
Subsequently a working group, formed for the purpose of realizing the organization, held regional consultative meetings in Jharkhand, Goa, Rajasthan, Meghalaya, Karnataka and Chandigarh to obtain input on the concept. In each region, the concept of WPC was unanimously endorsed, suggestions were made for the organization’s structure and priority issues at the national, regional and local level were identified. Based on recommendations, a structure was agreed upon that included a head office in New Delhi to serve as a base of operations.
The organization which began in 2005, today is a national level advocacy body with a membership base of over a thousand individuals and NGOs, spread across the country.
WPC is registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act.
Aside from advocacy, WPC also undertakes research, trainings, capacity development workshops and offers referral services to survivors of violence against women and girls.