Gender and Development in India

Current Issues

By U. Kalpagam

This book looks at the current issues on gender and development in India. In the context of the globalization and liberalization of India's economy, a number of issues relating to livelihood and social security that impinge on women's lives are discussed. At the same time, the discourse on women's empowerment has proliferated both in the state and in civil society, albeit with multiple meanings and approaches to it. The book engages with issues of women's employment and livelihood, using both macro statistical data and micro-level studies. Climate change is foreseen to increase women's vulnerabilities on account of livelihood and food insecurities. Arguing that rights-based development has come to the fore in the context of globalization and neo-liberalism, the book discusses ways of evolving multiple securities, including social security, for women in the informal sector. An inclusive approach that involves women in participatory development and decentralized democratic governance will strengthen women's empowerment, as evident from their roles in the panchayats (village councils). Insights and strategies are suggested for women's grassroots activism.

256 pages

Publication Date: 11/1/2011
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788131604700

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