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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Report of the Sub-group on Social Empowerment of the Working Group on Empowerment of Women

Department of Women and Child Development

Government of India

2001

Preamble

Owing to Gandhiji’s repeated exhortation and the Fundamental Rights Resolution of the Indian National Congress (1931), ‘Equality of Sexes’ was mandated in the Preamble, Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles of the Constitution. The aim was to remove existing inequality between sexes to achieve equality. Development and/or empowerment of women has been a process to realize that national goal.

Three Working Groups on Employment of Women, on Village Level Organisations of Rural Women, and Adult Education Programmes for Women, in the late 1970s drew on the accumulated experiences ...

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