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Women Empowerment through Work Participation
By Tinku Paul

First Published : 2009
ISBN : 9788177082210
Pages : 194
Binding : Hardbound
Size : 5 x 9
Price : US$ 29
ABOUT THE BOOK

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 not been able to partake the fruits of development. Mainstreaming of women into the new and emerging areas of growth is imperative. This will require training and skill upgradation 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 removal of rural poverty and the much talked about feminization of poverty. Studies prove that female work participation is highly correlated with reduction in fertility rates, poverty ratios, enhancement of living standards etc. These positive outcomes have often catapulted the policy makers to promote female employment.

The concept of empowerment highly depends on the incorporation of agency criterion in its assessment. This book is an attempt to unravel the association between female work participation and empowerment of women.


CONTENTS
     
1. Concept of Work and Rights of Women
1.1 Concept of Work: An Introduction
1.2 Concept of Work Participation
1.2.1 Population Census
1.2.2 National Sample Survey Organization
1.3 Factors Affecting Women Entrepreneurship
1.4 Constitutional Provisions for Women in India
1.5. Legislations for Protection and Advancement of Women in India
1.5.1 Objectives of Women-specific Legislations
1.5.2 Laws Related to Dowry, Marriage and Divorce
1.5.3 Laws Related to Protection of Rights of Working Women
1.5.4 Laws Related to Right to Property
1.5.5 Laws Related to Crimes against Women
1.5.6 Others
1.6 Implementation of Women-related Legislations
1.6.1 Legal Aid Services
1.7 India’s Commitments to International Conventions on Women Welfare
1.8 Women and Development Policies during Plan Periods
1.8.1 Women Empowerment in the Ninth Five Year Plan
1.8.2 Women Empowerment in the Tenth Five Year Plan
1.8.3 Women Empowerment in the Eleventh Five Year Plan
1.9 National Policy for the Empowerment of Women, 2001
1.10 National Commission for Women
1.11 Gender Budgeting in India
1.11.1 Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD)
1.11.2 Women‘s Component Plan (WCP) in Five Year Plans
1.11.3 Gender Budgeting in Union Budgets
1.11.4 Gender Budgeting at the Level of States
 
2. Working Women: The Trauma of Wage Employment
2.1 Women and World of Work
2.2 General Issues
2.2.1 Women Work Specific Issues
2.3 Globalization and Gender-based Division of Labour
2.4 Theories on Gender and Labour Market
2.4.1 Liberalism
2.4.2 Economic Nationalism
2.4.3 Feminist Critique of Economic Nationalism
2.4.4 Home Economics
2.5 Emergence of Family as a Decision-making Unit
2.6 Work Participation and Empowerment: Linkages
2.7 Trauma of Wage Employment
2.8 Casualization and Informalization of Women’s Work
2.9 Global Labour Market Scenario
2.10 Trends in Female Labour Force Participation
2.11 Global Employment Trends for Women, 2004
2.12 Indian Labour Market Scenario
2.13 Women Work and Wage Differentials
2.14 Emerging Issues of Concern
 
3. Undervaluation of Women’s Work: Conceptual Deception
3.1 Contribution of Women to the Economy
3.2 Patriarchal Society and the State of Female Workers
3.3 Growing Informalization and Under-valuation of Women's Work
3.4 Invisibility of Women’s Work
3.5 Research Methodology and Sampling Frame
3.6 Stages of Sample Selection
 
4. Unveiling Gross Undervaluation of Women’s Work
4.1 Demographic and Socio-Economic Characteristics of the Study Region (Rural Allahabad)
4.2 Profiles of Selected Tehsils
4.2.1 Handia Tehsil
4.2.2 Karchanna Tehsil
4.3 Study of Female Work Participation Rate in Rural Allahabad (Census 2001)
4.4 Demographic and Socio-Economic Characteristics of the Sample Villages
4.5 Empirical Analysis based on Primary Survey
4.5.1 Demographic Profile
4.5.2 Social Profile
4.5.3 Economic Profile
4.6 Concept and Coverage of Women Workers: Empirical Analysis
4.6.1 Categories of Women Workers in Rural Areas
4.7 Female Work Participation Rate
4.7.1 Female Work Participation Rate by Census 2001
4.7.2 Occupational Categorization of Rural Women Workers
4.8 Assessment of Work Participation of Rural Women
4.8.1 Caste-wise Female Work Participation Rate
4.8.2 Age-wise Female Work Participation Rate
4.8.3 Female Work Participation Rate by Marital Status
4.8.4 Female Work Participation Rate and Head of the Household
4.8.5 Status of Self Employment
4.9 Work Participation Rates of Rural Women
 
5. Women and Work: Need for Gender Sensitive Statistics
5.1 Gender as a Social Construct
5.2 Hidden Contribution of Women’s Work
5.3 Integrating Women’s Actual Contribution
5.4 Making Women’s Work and the Reproductive Sector Visible
5.5 Case Studies
 
6. Employment of Women and Attack on Poverty
6.1 Women in the Phases of Development
6.2 Employment Potential of Poverty Eradication
6.3 Employment as a Catalyst for Empowerment
6.4 Potential of Employment to Reduce Poverty
6.4.1 Consumption Status and Burden of Responsibility
6.4.2 Status of Employment and Responsibility of Finances
6.4.3 Dependence for Petty Needs
6.4.4 Contribution Made Out of Earned Income or Savings
6.5 Revelations of the Empirical Study
6.6 Conclusion
6.7 Emerging Hopes and Policy Suggestions
6.8 Policy Suggestions
 
Appendix: National Policy for the Empowerment of Women, 2001

Bibliography; Index

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
     

Dr. (Ms.) Tinku Paul is presently working as a Research Officer at G.B. Pant Social Science Institute (GBPSSI), Jhusi, Allahabad. She obtained Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Allahabad in 2007. She has worked as a Principal Researcher for a project on ‘Public Report on the Situational Study of Health in Uttar Pradesh’ sponsored by Centre for Social Development and Funded by International Development Centre, Canada. She has contributed a number of papers to edited books, seminars and conferences.


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