Empowerment of women through gainful employment is a
constituent—as well as instrument—of development in any country. No country can
be deemed developed if half of its population is severely disadvantaged in
terms of basic needs, livelihood options, access to knowledge, and political
voice. A natural corollary of ensuring gender equality is the elimination of
Strong national machineries for the advancement of
women and promotion of gender equality require political commitment at the
highest level. Reforms to meet the challenges of the changing world are
essential to ensure women’s equal access to institutions and organizations.
Effective and coordinated plans and programmes for the
full implementation of women-oriented policies require a clear research-based
knowledge of ground realities of the socio-economic status of women,
particularly rural women.
The realization of the goals of women empowerment
needs to be supported by the allocation of necessary human and financial
resources for specific and targeted activities to ensure gender equality at the
local, regional, national, and international levels as well as by enhanced and
increased international cooperation.
The present work is an attempt to unravel the
intricate relationship between women’s work and their empowerment. It adopts a
holistic approach to explore interface between the nature of work performed by
women and indicators of their empowerment.