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Socio-Economic Empowerment of Rural Women: An Overview

Shabbeer Ahmed

DIP: 18.02.005/20160103

DOI: 10.25215/2455/0103005

Received: May 10, 2016; Revision Received: August 16, 2016; Accepted: September 25, 2016


The profile of a rural woman is that of a poor, ignorant, illiterate, superstitious and suppressed being. She has low levels of skills. Her access to information, assets, and opportunities is also low. She is unorganized and under-represented. Rural women are subjected to several socioeconomic, psychological and environmental disabilities.  The National Commission for Women was set up by an Act of Parliament in 1990 to safeguard the rights and legal entitlements of women. The 73rd and 74th Amendments (1993) to the Constitution of India have provided for reservation of seats in the local bodies of Panchayats and Municipalities for women, laying a strong foundation for their participation in decision making at the local levels. India has also ratified various international conventions and human rights instruments committing to secure equal rights of women. Key among them is the ratification of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1993. The women’s movement and a wide-spread network of non-Government Organizations which have strong grass-roots presence and deep insight into women’s concerns have contributed in inspiring initiatives for the empowerment of women. To bring women into the mainstream and to encourage their participation in the process of national development has, therefore, been a major concern of the Government. However, there still exists a wide gap between the goals enunciated in the Constitution, legislation, policies, plans, programmes and related mechanisms on the one hand and the situational reality of the status of women in India, on the other. The empowerment of Rural Women is crucial for the development of the Rural India. The present paper attempts to highlight the current reality in the ray of various programmes and laws for the empowerment of women.

The authors profoundly appreciate all the people who have successfully contributed to ensuring this paper in place. Their contributions are acknowledged however their names cannot be mentioned.

The author declared no conflict of interest.

This is an Open Access Research distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any Medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Shabbeer Ahmed @ shabeerlect@gmail.com

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ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.02.005/20160103

DOI: 10.25215/2455/0103005

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