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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Extracts from the Report of the Working Group on Employment of Women

(Set up by the Planning Commission)

September, 1978

Women’s Welfare and Development Bureau

Department of Social Welfare

Government of India

New Delhi

I. Introduction

The draft Sixth Five Year Plan has recorded that the “labour market as it is operating is not neutral as between men and women” and that there are sectoral imbalances in the opportunities available for women for regular employment, training and promotion. The Plan also emphasises the need for measures to expand employment opportunities for women and special programmes to prepare them for such expanded opportunities.

2. The draft Plan identifies four strategies for increasing employment for women. These are:

  1. diversification ...

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