India has made tremendous progress economically and technologically. However, its benefits rarely reached women.
Independent India has witnessed significant achievements and milestones with the rapid strides of economic growth in the last decade. In this glowing Indian society, women are honoured as a goddess. In contrast to this reality, they are suppressed in every sphere of life.
Though a popular buzzword since the 1980s, there has been little informed discussion on the term ’empowerment’.
Jena (2011) undertook the sample cases of 225 on micro women entrepreneurs (indigenous artisans) from KBK districts of Odisha to study their socio-economic women empowerment with the advents of micro enterprises.
Part 1 Part 2 A Case Study of Kalahandi Bolangir, and Koraput (KBK) Districts of Odisha Women Entrepreneurship and Government of Odisha Experiences across the world show that microfinance, credit and market linkages are important to create gainful economic activities for women and for women empowerment.
While microfinance is meant to reach the poor there are almost universally acknowledged views that most programmes of women empowerment, despite stated objectives, do not reach the poorest of the poor. One of the reasons is related to the fact that loans which are normally given for self-employment presuppose some degree of micro enterprises and
The idea and agenda of women empowerment by governments, funding agencies and other non-state actors has a long and chequered history within and across countries. Till date it is not clear at what point one can emphatically assert that the programme of women empowerment has been successfully achieved or is on the verge of being