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This book refutes the rising general perception that the gender gap in India is decreasing. The argument is strengthened by calculating the gender gap index at two time periods and providing quantitative information along with information pertaining to numerous case studies.

Selecting relevant welfare indicators and focusing on the neglected dimensions of gender equity, Bearing the Brunt: Impact of Rural Distress on Women discusses the gendered impact of rural economic distress with respect to employment, agricultural production, natural resource management, and food security. It shows that women are bearing the brunt of the increase in rural economic distress at the turn of the century, with spillover effects on their physical and social wellbeing. The gender gap index shows a widening of the gender gap in welfare ...

Women's Survival, Nutrition, and Healthcare
Women's survival, nutrition, and healthcare

The health status of population is directly related to the effectiveness of public services made available. The health status in the rural context depends upon the availability of drainage, sanitation facilities, water supply for household use, and safe drinking water. Availability and affordability of primary and secondary healthcare facilities play an important role. Literacy enables people to take advantage of the public services and demand what is due to them. Thus in the states like Kerala, where the female literacy and public services are more efficient, the health outcomes are better. Wherever the public services are not effective, the burden on women increases. For example, if the water supply is not available, women will have to ...

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