Vol. 1, Issue 5 (2016)
Women empowerment-issues and challenges
Author(s): Kusam Rani
Abstract: Women’s Empowerment has been an issue of immense discussions and contemplation over the last few decades world-wide. This as an agenda has been on top of the lists of most government plans & programs as well. Efforts have been made on a regular basis across nations to address this issue and enhance the socio-economic status of women. However, it has been observed that most of the policies and programs view empowerment in the economic sense only working in the belief that economic self-reliance empowers women ignoring other variables like health, education, literacy etc. This working research paper attempts to understand the concept of women empowerment on a holistic basis and critically examine the efforts initiated towards empowering women with special emphasis upon the Self Help Groups (SHGs) based upon empirical work undertaken in the Ranchi district of Jharkhand state in India. It further aims towards understanding the linkages between SHGs & women empowerment and proposing suggestions to accelerate the empowerment drive paying due attention to the local level area specific factors for a developing country like India which have a crucial impact upon region specific women empowerment process and thereby point the way for further research in the area.