If you are a working woman looking for a trained hand to supervise your children and help elderly family members in your absence, you may soon find support staff to make your work life less stressful.

In a novel initiative, Navjyoti, an NGO run by former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, has launched a programme to train women in providing care to families of working women.

The ‘Women for Women’ initiative, announced by Navjyoti on its 23rd foundation day, aims at providing a support service to working women.

The objective, Ms. Bedi says, is to enable a woman who has spare time to make it easier for other woman to carry out her professional duties with ease and for the purpose the NGO has tied up with polytechnics.

“We will provide well trained uniformed women who have been trained in the exercise of looking after the aged and children. Since they are in our uniform and will be backed by us, we will also make sure they do not face any abuse or harassment,” Ms. Bedi said.

The NGO has already rolled out the first batch of 50 trainees who are “ready to support” and who can then be roped in through the organisation’s website.

She said the NGO, which runs a series of activities for the urban poor, women, children and drug addicts, has also launched a programme to take the concept of B-schools to the “bottom of the pyramid” by entering into tie-ups with organisations like TISR and NIIT.

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