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The Changing Status of Women in West Bengal, 1970-2000
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The Changing Status of Women in West Bengal, 1970-2000
The Challenge Ahead

Edited by:
  • Jasodhara Bagchi - Former Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Women, Kolkata

January 2005 | 263 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This volume covers the state of West Bengal and highlights the nature of the challenges ahead in dealing with issues relating to neglected and deprived women. It also looks back at the successes of the past that can help in confronting these challenges.

Among the issues discussed are: demography; health and nutrition; economic empowerment; education; political participation; law and violence; culture and tribal women.

The analysis of macro data is supplemented by revealing micro studies that focus on the participation of girls from the scheduled castes and tribes in professional education; the status of women with respect to work; political participation of women; and the status of rural women artists in West Bengal. Based on field surveys and a study of cultural trends, this valuable qualitative section offers rare insights into the lives of women in West Bengal.


Foreword Vina Mazumdar
Introduction  
Nirmala Banerjee and Mukul Mukherjee
A. SECTORAL ESSAYS: Demography
Health and Nutrition Maitreya Ghatak
Education Jasodhara Bagchi and Jaba Guha
Economic Empowerment Ishita Mukhopadhyay
Political Participation Vidya Munshi
Culture Malini Bhattacharya
Law and Violence against Women Manjari Gupta and Ratnabali Chattopadhyay
Tribal Women Anuradha Chanda
 
B. APPENDICES: MICRO STUDIES AND STATISTICS: Appendix A: Tables on Demography
Appendix B: Tables on Health and Nutrition  
Appendix C: Education: C1: Micro Study on Participation of SC/ST Girls in Professional (Teachers' Training) Education Kamal Kumar Chattopadhyay and Dipali Nag
C2: Education of Muslim Women in West Bengal Ratnabali Chattopadhyay
Appendix D: Status of Women with Respect to Work: Report of Primary Surveys in Bankura and Hoogli Ishita Mukhopadhyay
Appendix E: Political Participation: E1: List of Women Lok Sabha MPs from West Bengal (1952-2000)  
E2: List of Women Rajya Sabha MPs from West Bengal  
E3: List of Women MLAs in West Bengal (1952-2000)  
Appendix F: A Micro Survey of the Status of Women Rural Artists of West Bengal Malini Bhattacharya
Appendix G: A Report on Findings from a Study of Women's Status in Birbhum District of West Bengal Atis Dasgupta and Suraj Bandyopadhyay
Policy Recommendations  
Select Bibliography  
Index  

This edited volume is a timely assessment of the politics implemented in the wake of the `Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in India` released in 1974,which asserted the need for action so that the constitutional promise of equality for men and women in India could be realised.

Contemporary South Asia

The product of painstaking research by a team of eminent academics, the book is a study of the way women`s lives evolved, delving into virtually every sphere of human activity imaginable—from economic empowerment to health to legal issues.

The Telegraph

[This] work is a unique study of three decades that have witnessed by far the most apparent changes in the visibility, status and social relevance of women in the country, and this book promises to be an important reference point. The result of several years of compilation and analysis, the study looks at several parameters that may assess status: demography, health and nutrition, education, economic, political and cultural participation, violence against women and the safeguards in the eyes of law, and finally, the lives of tribal women. It is replete with tables and one cannot help but be impressed with the compilation…. Perhaps one of the most significant chapters here would be the one on policy recommendations…. This book takes an honest look at the scope for improvement with objective pointers through the chapters…. These pointers…are heartening indicators of an earnest and dispassionate effort.

The Hindustan Times

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