29 September, 2020

Gender Injustice

Analysing a systemic bias

Gender Injustice
THIS has been the decade of economic reforms and structural adjustments, in India and in most of the developing world. There has been enough debate on how the reform process has neglected agriculture. Unfortunately, there is little material on how the development process has been affected. More specifically, the gender issue has been considerably ignored. Thankfully, this volume addresses most of the serious issues that have hallmarked development strategy in India.

In the first section on population, the good old problem finds a brilliant exposition. The bulk of the material is, obviously, on gender biases, grouped together in the second section, addressing fertility decline, wife abuse, dowry, schooling and child health. By far the most relevant portion of the book, however, is the third section on women in the changing economic paradigm. The final section takes an academic look at the health programmes, reproductive health and the needs of elderly women.

The introductory chapter puts all these issues together—the gender perspective in population...



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