Contents: Editor's note on the book. 1. Women empowerment in India: deficiencies, imbalances and required changes/R. Shashi Kumar. 2. Socio-economic status of women in India/R.S. Devi and A. Rajesh Kannan. 3. Socio-economic constraints among rural and urban women entrepreneurs/A. Abdul Raheem and M. Abdul Jamal. 4. Women empowerment: education and employment/M. Supputhai. 5. Elected women representatives: participation and decision-making/Leela Bhaskar. 6. Crimes and violence against women/G. Jamuna Rani. 7. Right to be born: a study on foeticide in India/J. Maheswari. 8. Women entrepreneurship in the changing scenario/R. Saritha. 9. Empowerment of women in textile industry/N. Vasugi. 10. Status of women empowerment in the poorest areas/K. Pongiannan and M. Dhanabhakyam. 11. Women's health and nutrition/R. Radha. 12. Status of women in India/R. Manimekalai. 13. Women empowerment for India's development/S. Manikandan, V. Raju and T. Raghu. 14. Educational and employment dimensions of women empowerment in India/P.K. Manoharan. 15. Computerisation and women's employment in India's banking sector/R. Navaneetha Krishnan and A. Jagannathan. 16. Status of women as officials and managers in Indian Private Sector/S. Saravanakumar and V. Uttharasamy. 17. Do we really need Women Resource Development (WRD)?/M. Vidhya and T.M. Saravana Kumar. 18. Women empowerment through gender equality/A. Arumugam, B. Balaji and P. Periyasamy. 19. Role of government in the empowerment of women/K. Lavanya. 20. Advancements on women empowerment/Rajini K. 21. NGO's role in women empowerment/C. Chandrasekar. 22. Genesis of Indian Women's Movement/V.P. Nikila. 23. Violence against women and remedial measures/S. Kayarkanni. 24. Role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in empowering women/R. Meenakshi. 25. Problems of women entrepreneurs/C. Dhanalakshmi. 26. Empowerment of women: a question of male mindset/C. Suseela. 27. Information and communication technology for women/J. Gayathri. 28. Women's health/R. Kavitha. 29. Domestic violence/S. Malini. 30. Gender divide due to education divide/A. Chandrasekaran. 31. Problems and prospects of rural women entrepreneurs/A. Ganesan and S. Bhuvaneshwari. 32. Role of women organisations in the empowerment of women/S. Murugavel. 33. Women empowerment and Self-Help Groups in Erode Union/S. Devi. 34. Legal empowerment of Women/V. Murugan. 35. Status of women entrepreneurs/T. Porselvi. Index.
"The extent of empowerment of women in a nation is largely determined by three factors viz., economic, social and political identity.
The Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-07) called for a three pronged strategy of social empowerment, economic empowerment and providing gender justice to create an enabling environment of positive, economic and social policies for women and eliminating all forms of discrimination against them and thus advance gender equality goals.
The Government of India as initiated various schemes spread across a broader spectrum such as women's need for shelter, security, safety, legal aid, justice, information, maternal health, food, nutrition etc. as well as their need for economic sustenance through skill development, education, and access to credit and marketing.
In order to address the phenomenon of domestic violence, which is widely prevalent but remains largely invisible in the public domain, the Protection from Domestic Violence Act, 2006 was enacted by the Parliament. The Act envisages that the Protection Officer would assist the victim of domestic violence to be secure from violence and help her to access shelter homes, health care and legal advice.
For a holistic empowerment of women to happen, social, economic and political aspects impacting on women must converge effectively. The multiple roles of women and the meager ability to access resource and available assets are areas of concern. It is important to emphasise that women require adequate security and protection to be self-reliant.
This book consists of 35 papers authored by scholars working in the area of economic, social and political empowerment of women. The areas touched upon in the book include socio-economic status, women entrepreneurship, women in politics, role of information and communication technology in empowering women, and domestic violence." (jacket)