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Rural Women: Work & Health

Abha Lakshmi Singh (Editor) Irfan Sabir (Editor) Sarfraj Asghar (Editor)
Synopsis The book – ‘Rural Women: Work and Health’ deals with the issue of women’s and health, the type of work women do in rural areas, the limited options available to them, their striving towards working the most of whatever exists and the effects of these on their family and health are the themes which is being considered here. The book is mainly based on primary sources of data, which has been collected through survey of 75 selected villages. The data was collected on the basis of questionnaire interviews of women respondents. The total sample size consisted of 2238 women respondents. An analysis of women’s work in rural areas shows that they are performing two types of work i.e. unpaid and paid work. Under paid work comes the household work, agricultural work in their own fields and animal husbandry. Paid work includes work as agricultural labourers and work in the non-agricultural sectors both inside and outside their villages. The average contribution of women’s income to the family income was 40%. Strong linkages between women’s work and health was observed. The heavy work load related to energy expenditure and the intake of food naturally affects their health. They reported of suffering both from common illness (fever, cough/cold, diarrhoea/dysentery, worms, T.B., respiratory diseases, malaria, Jaundice etc.) and women specific illness (anemia, PID, DUB, LBW, still births, abortions, infant mortality, prolapsed etc.) Women need empowerment, the quality of life of rural women could be improved if they are provided with education, employment and health facilities.
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About the authors

Abha Lakshmi Singh

Abha Lakshmi Singh did her B.A. from Allahabad University and M.A. and Ph.D. from aligarh Muslim University. She had a brilliant academic career having obtained Gold Medal in M.A. She joined the Geography Department, AMU as Lecturer in 1978. Presently she is Professor and Chairman of the Department. Prof. Singh specializes in Agricultural and Environmental Geography. Her four books Economics and Geography of Agricultural Land Raclamatio, Problems of Waste Lands Reclamation, Problems of waste Lands in India, Land Resources Management, Agricultural and rural Development and the project (sponsored by International Insitute of Environment, London) are pioneering work in the fields of Agricultural and Environmental Geography. She has travelled abroad widely, delivered a series of lectuers in different Universities of U.S.A. (1984) and attended an International Workship of Planning for Sustainable Urban Development, University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K. (1992). She has been nominated as full Member of International Geographic Union Commission on Marginal and Critical Lands (1997P. She is a prolifcwriter and has published nearly sixty research papers in national and international journals. She has presented papers in both national and international conferences. Several students have objained Ph.D. under her supervision.

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Irfan Sabir

Irfan Sabir did his B.A., M.A. (Geography) and Ph.D. from Aligarh Muslim University. Irfan Sabir specialize in Agricultural Geography. He has published many research papers in both national and international Journals.

Sarfraj Asghar

Sarfaraz Asgher did his B.A., M.A. (Geography) and Ph.D. from Aligarh Muslim University. Irfan Sabir specializes in Environment, Urban and Agricultural Geography. He has published many research papers in both national and international Journals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Rural Women: Work & Health
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher The Women Press
Language: English
isbn 8189110047
length xxvi+147p., Maps; Plates; Figures; Tables; Appendices; Bibliography; 23cm.