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The Beltway Mob

The article “Gender Equality in Local Governance in Kerala” by Praveena Kodoth and U S Mishra (EPW, 17 September 2011) was enlightening. It gives valuable information on how men view elected women representatives and the problems faced by the latter for want of previous experience.

All political, social and religious institutions/organisations cherished the growth of the family as the basic functional unit of society and wanted the same to be continued uninterrupted. However, on the pretext of ensuring their safety and security, men took advantage of women’s vulnerability thus enslaving them. In addition to giving birth and nurturing his progeny, a woman also had to meet her husband’s need for well-being as well as shoulder the responsibilities of the family/ extended family round the clock. Women’s issues caught the world’s attention when the UN placed it at the centre of global issues demanding an early solution. Women all over the world have made rapid strides in empowerment. Gender equality in local governance in Kerala would be another critical step forward.

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