ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By empowerment

Beyond Remorse to Reflection: Curating a Strategy for Research and Response for Adolescents in India post COVID-19

Global data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents show that >150 million children and adolescents in 165 countries have been affected by the pandemic-induced closures (Xiang et al 2020). This article presents experiences and conversations around the pandemic’s effect on the adolescent population and the need for spotlighting and vulnerabilities of adolescent girls, specifically, in India. The article tries to establish the need for deeper introspection on “successes and learnings” of responses across development programmes designed to address the impact of the pandemic with this population group of Koppal district, Karnataka. 

Empowerment: A Myth for Informal Workers - A Study of Female Domestic Workers of South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

This paper considers a few indicators and uses the principal component analysis to explain the unknown indicators in assessing empowerment of 334 female domestic workers in South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. Household autonomy, social interaction, economic decision, activity domain and protest against domestic violence are the principal components that have a positive and significant effect on empowerment. Fair wages and access to financial support and reasonable health facilities can be a great key to improving the physical and mental well-being of domestic workers.

Marginal Girlhood: Caste, Girl Child and the Trope of Empowerment

In the wake of the reported rape and murder of a 9-year-old Dalit girl in the metropolitan capital of Delhi, it is paramount to discuss marginal girlhood. Marginal girlhood refers to alternative accounts of non-hegemonic girlhood which does not find a voice in mainstream literature and the story of the girl. Commentators on social media conveniently refer to her being a “girl-child” rather than a Dalit to dismiss the specificity of instances of caste violence against Dalit girls. This pushes the public rhetoric into a pitfall which increases the probability of misidentifying caste-based violence as gender-based violence. The fact that Dalit girls are the most vulnerable among an already marginalised group due to their caste location remains incontrovertible. The Brahminical lineage of the history of the girl child alludes to why we are robbed of a language which can effectively capture the gravitas of this case. 

Money or Medium?

Women’s empowerment in the informal economy is mainly understood through a solution-based approach: improving access to finance or giving informal women workers avenues to express and acquire their political voice. Yet, little consideration is given to the root cause of their precarity, which, in the end, disempowers the very tools that can secure women’s rights in the informal economy.

 

Women’s Participation in Karnataka’s FPOs

Karnataka has evidenced a spurt in the formation and registration of farmer producer organisations in recent times, wherein the participation of women remains relatively low. There is a need for gender-sensitive initiatives to encourage women farmers to join the FPOs and benefit from the emerging agricultural value chains.