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Development and Empowerment: Rural Women in India

U. Kalpagam (Author) Jaya Arunachalam (Author)
Synopsis Issues of rural development and women’s empowerment received critical attention in various debates. Trends and patterns of agricultural development in recent years have not always been favourable to women, especially rural women, who face marginalisation. Some of the essays make us rethink the relationship between employment and empowerment in a more nuanced way. An attempt has, therefore, been made in this book, to take stock of the contemporary challenges in rural women’s empowerment in India and suggest viable solutions through a process of networking and dialogue to evolve a coherent perspective for the region as a whole. It is towards this end that the book would serve as a launching pad for further discussions.
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About the authors

U. Kalpagam

is professor at the G.B. Pant Social Science Instiute, Allahabad, India. She has published two monographs Labour and Gender: Survival in Urban India and Gender and Development in India. She recently edited Women in India: Contemporary Concerns and has co-edited four books on rural women, labour and poverty.

Jaya Arunachalam

Dr. Jaya Arunachalam the President of Working Women's Forum (India), a social organisation initiated in 1978 to develop the total human resource potential of every poor women workers in the informal sector. She was bestowed with the "Padamsri" award by the President of India for her distinguished services among the poorest women, a grassroot trade union of poor working class women in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and andhra Pradesh. She also holds the Presidentship of the Indian cooperative network for women specially evolved by her as an informal banking system to suit the needs of the poor women as a national delivery mechanism for country-wide operations. For her exemplary work among the poorest women in Idnia she was awarded a 'Honorary Doctorate' by the Unviersity of Lueneburg (Germany) in 1999. Dr. Arunachalam was a member of the steering group on women's Development of the Eighth Five Year Plan in 1990-95. For her unmatched and outstanding services to poor working women, the Government of Tamil Nadu Conferred on her "Stree Shakti Puraskar Award" in 2002. Considering her contribution towards poverty eradication for over 25 years, she conferred the "International Activist Award 2003". She has attended and presented papers at innumerable National and International conferences and visited several countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Latin america, Australia and Asia including China.

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Bibliographic information

Title Development and Empowerment: Rural Women in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8131600149
length xii+268p., Tables; Figures; Notes and References; Index; 23cm.