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Women in South Asia: Employment, Empowerment and Human Development

Usha Sharma (Author)
Synopsis Women are often treated as inferior and are socialised to put themselves last, thus undermining their self-esteem. Economic and political empowerment of women does not refer only to some improvements in their position within the parameters of hierarchical structures. Empowerment is not only an external process, but a process that has to bring about these intrinsic changes, in women but in men also. When women get organised and raise their consciousness about their disempowerment, and use their critical understanding to organise themselves and struggle for greater access to resources there are very few problems from the men. The problems come when the women challenge practices within the home and men’s control over them. With an example from South Asia, women always say that "the men do all the work that is why they need to have all the prestige". There needs much to be done in bringing the status of woman at par, and in uprooting the stereotyped biases, prejudices and attitudes of society. There is a need of consciousness raising both in men and women, and the discrimination bias can be shattered only if we bring a change in our social customs which make the birth of a female child unwelcome, since, she is considered a financial and social burden.
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About the author

Usha Sharma

Dr. Usha Sharma a well-known academic and research scientist, has published several research papers in science and research journals in India and abroad. Dr. Sharma believes that science and spirituality do not conflict with each other. Scientific-spiritual perception of human reality can provide insights and help resolve various nagging conflicts. Besides being a scientist, Dr. Usha Sharma is also a social activist and a freelance journalist. Human rights, women's rights and criminal tendencies among the educated classes are some of her major concerns. She hopes that man is on his way to develop a world culture based upon the best that has been thought and achieved through time anywhere. For developing such a world culture, she is willing to strive along with others.

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Bibliographic information

Title Women in South Asia: Employment, Empowerment and Human Development
Author Usha Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Authors Press
Language: English
isbn 8172731175
length vi+285p., Bibliography; Index; 23cm.