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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 ...

Gender Gap Index
Gender gap index
About Gender Equity

It is obvious from the previous chapters that discrimination against women exists in all spheres of economic and welfare activities. At the outset we need to be fully convinced that we cannot afford to allow the gap to widen. Often women are seen as a part of the family and the overall well-being of the family is assumed to accrue to women along with men. Gender equity has to be promoted in the national interest. To end the deprivation of women is not only an issue of human rights but also an issue of promoting national development. It has been argued that women are agents of positive change in the socio-economic development of a nation (Nussbaum 2000). Expansion ...

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