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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Extracts from Shram Shakti Report of the National Commission on Self Employed Women and Women in the Informal Sector

Planning Commission, Government of India

1988

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1.2 The coverage of the Commission has been extensive, in taking into account the entire gamut of poor labouring women. Though not a homogeneous group by way of caste, class or economic activity, deprivation and discrimination is common to all of them. They suffer from lack of opportunity to work, low and discriminatory wages and exploitative conditions resulting in casualisation. They lack social security, face occupational health hazards, they do not have access to new technologies, skills and knowledge. While making recommendations, the National Commission ...

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