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Industrial Restructuring Workers in Plastic Processing Industry

Plastic Processing Industry Nandita Shah Nandita Gandhi This paper based on a study of the plastic processing industry explores how the newly introduced economic reforms and in particular industrial restructuring is affecting women workers at their workplace and in their homes.

Drafting Gender Just Laws

Nandita Gandhi Geetanjali Gangoli Nandita Shah The debate around the uniform civil code has become polarised into pro-UCC pro-BJP position versus a pro-personal laws and anti-UCC one, quite blurring the real problems about evolving gender just laws.

Maharashtra s Policy for Women

Ashok Mitra H T Parekh was a trustee par excellence, and in several senses. He reposed his trust in the Don Quixotes in different walks of life; on their part, they came to trust him. Which is why Sachin Chaudhuri the cerebral anarchist, cast such a spelt on Hasmukhhhai and vice versa.

Structural Adjustment, Feminisation of Labour Force and Organisational Strategies

Force and Organisational Strategies Nandita Shah Sujata Gothoskar Nandita Gandhi Amrita Chhachhi The argument that SAP will lead to feminisation of labour and the availability of jobs for women needs to be examined critically in the Indian context Based on a sound grasp of the impact of SAP, organisational strategies which will strengthen women 's resources in confronting the economic pressures need to be evolved.

Impact of Religion on Women s Rights in Asia

In recent times most Asian countries have experienced some form of religious revivalism/fundamentalism. This has had an impact on family laws which in turn has often eroded women's rights. How have women responded to these changes? A report on the Asian Conference on Women, Religion and Family Laws held in Bombay recently THE Asian Conference on Women, Religion and Family Laws held in Bombay from December 16-20, 1987 by the Women's Centre brought together around 40 participants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singa pore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Laos, Philippines and an observer from Algeria to build "a network of women's groups, democratic rights groups, and sensitive lawyers who will work towards evolving non-sexist secular family laws in Asia taking into consideration cultural and ethnic specificities". It combined the seminar and workshop methods of paper presentations and delegate participation in small groups to initiate discussions on four themes: the rise of fundamentalism in Asia and its impact on women, colonisation and family laws, contemporary family laws, and lastly the role of women's groups

Gender and Housing

Nandita Gandhi Technology has transformed the environment to suit a profit- oriented, public production which has deprived women of their traditional skills and involvement in housing. In spite of their being the primary users of the house in performing domestic and paid labour, women have little control or right over houses. A report on the First Third World Women and Housing Week in Britain and a national workshop on 'Humanising Housing: Gender and Housing'.

WOMEN- Introducing Feminist Perspective in Academia

from multinationals whenever it has been considered necessary, sometimes even in preference to comparable Indian technology in certain areas. What is new in the communications policy which has been announced is that multinationals are now offered 49 per cent equity participation in public sector undertakings in the communications field either directly or through and in collaboration with selected Indian big business houses who can inspire confidence among the multinationals about the security of their investment in the Indian market in tripartite collaboration arrangements between Indian public and private sectors and multinationals. The first big break in this direction came about with the Maruti car. The arrangement is now to be extended on a wider basis and communications and electronics are the most important areas where these arrangement are to be put into operation at once. It is not being openly stated but there is a strong current of thinking in official policy-making that upgrading of the technological base of industrial infrastructure on which so much emphasis has been laid in recent years cannot be achieved in old fashioned and conventional ways. The hope that Indian companies in the public and private sector can make outright purchases of sophisticated technologies from abroad and introduce them in Indian industry is considered facile and impractical view of things. Really sophisticated technology is not available for purchase and even if purchased it is difficult to absorb and adapt. What is needed is close co-operation of holders of technology for its introduction into India and that calls for equity participation and sharing of management of enterprises in the public as well as private sectors. Further, it is argued that much of the sophisticated technology is with multinationals and they will not give it except under arrangements which inspire confidence among them. This confidence cannot be created unless they see that their partners are reliable. This makes it necessary that private Indian business interests should be associated with ventures in which multinationals would participate.
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