Women Empowerment Through Work Participation
By Tinku Paul
With the growing globalization and liberalization of the Indian economy, as well as increased privatization of services, women as a whole have been left behind and have not been able to partake in the fruits of development. Mainstreaming of women into the new and emerging areas of growth is imperative. This requires training in emerging trades, encouraging more women to take up vocational training and employment in the booming sectors. Work participation of women, especially in the rural context, is being perceived as a policy prescription for the removal of rural poverty and the feminization of poverty. Studies prove that female work participation is highly correlated with the reduction of poverty ratios, enhancement of living standards, etc. These positive outcomes have often catapulted India's policy makers to promote female employment. The concept of empowerment highly depends on the incorporation of 'agency' criterion in its assessment. This book will help unravel the association between female work participation and the empowerment of women in India.
Publication Date: 9/30/2009