Women empowerment has five components: women’s sense of self-worth, their right to have and to determine choices, their right to have access to opportunities and resources, their ability to influence the direction of social change to create a more just social and economic order, nationally and internationally (Beniwal, Opt. Cit., 33). Hence, in today’s global
The Sixth Five Year Plan (1980-1985) is a landmark in the women’s cause because it introduces the concept of Women and Development.
Double standards of morality enjoining strictest chastity on unmarried women in India and marital fidelity on wives while granting unrestricted freedom to men, led to the introduction of the purdah system among many African and Asian societies which prohibited women, including girls approaching puberty, from letting themselves be seen by any man apart from the
When a woman presses her way into the bazaar in the textile city of Ahmedabad, she alternately smiles and glowers. Redesigned used garments are piled on her head, and she smiles at prospective customers, advertising her inventory. But whenever a bazaar hoodlum crosses her path, symbolising the obstructions she has faced in the past as