Contents: Foreword. Author's note. 1. Religious interpretation the greatest obstacles to women's empowerment. 2. Caste and women. 3. Dalits: slavery in the century. 4. Reinterpretation of tradition. 5. The sacred fire. 6. Marital counselling. 7. Threat to women. 8. Changing mindset's. 9. Gender equity. 10. Powerfully empowered. 11. Federation of Panchayati women. 12. Giving power to women. 13. The role of women in the new millennium. 14. Millennium development goals. 15. The death penalty: an affront to humanity. 16. Elderly and policy-making. 17. Second widowhood. 18. Widows: lifetime prisoners of war. 19. The unsung brave. 20. Wish we could stretch out and touch your hand. 21. Crossing divides. 22. War at what cost? 23. Religion is it operate from politics. 24. Communal peace. 25. Creating a culture of healing. 26. Courage, peace and diplomacy. 27. Women and torture. 28. Shortlived joy. 29. Reassertion of woman's place in society. 30. Securing a future. 31. Domestic violence. 32. Imprisoned women and closed society. 33. Women and education. 34. Challenges- 21 century. 35. Women and peace. 36. Dammed to be doomed. 37. Binding and bonding. 38. Trafficking in women and children. 39. Human rights and women. 40. Transforming approaches to conflict resolution. 41. Women's initiatives for peace in South Asia. 42. The unsung brave. 43. Sustainable development. 44. Participatory democracy. Appendices. Index.
"This book is a collection of selected speeches and articles written by Dr. Mohini Giri over the past few years with focus on patriarchy and the evils of the traditional caste system, which hampers women empowerment and gender equality. Discussing the changing role of women, Dr. Mohini Giri strongly advocates the millennium development goals put forward by the United Nations as way to empower women economically, socially and politically through education, healthcare, legal and social provisions and through advocacy of 33 per cent reservation in parliament by changing the mindsets of men. The issues of care for the elderly, death penalty, torture, domestic violence, human rights, dowry system also been tackled. Dr. Giri also discusses the role of women in peace building with emphasis on relations with neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh through peace initiatives and cause of rehabilitation of war widows." (jacket)