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Women Workers: Addressing Constraints to Work

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 48 Issue 3

Published: 2013
Author(s) Name: Ratna M. Sudarshan | Author(s) Affiliation: Ratna M. Sudarshan is Advisor & former Director, Institute of Social Studies Trust, N.Delhi
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Abstract

This paper examines the experience with one particular government program seeking women’s economic empowerment, and is based on field work mostly conducted for evaluative studies of the program. It argues that prevalent social norms translate into patterns of time use that can be difficult to shift, and that continues to mediate outcomes around women’s work. The paper suggests that outcomes may improve if more attention is given to building capacity of implementing agencies on gender equality concerns and that the creation of ‘communities of practice’ that are able to displace or re-orient ‘communities of birth’ offers a way to change gendered social norms, which is essential for successful empowerment outcomes.

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