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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Extracts from Blue Print of Action Points and National Plan of Action for Women*

Department of Social Welfare

Government of India

1978

Introduction

1. The Constitution guarantees equality of opportunity in matters relating to employment and directs the State to secure equal rights to an adequate means of livelihood, equal pay for equal work and just and humane conditions of work. The impact of transition to a modern economy has resulted in the exclusion of an increasing number of women from active participation in the productive process and only a limited recognition of their contribution and ability to contribute.1 The factors which have caused such an exclusion need to be examined and corrective action and supportive measures initiated to ensure ...

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