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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Fourth World Conference on Women Beijing, 1995

Excerpts from the Country Report

Department of Women and Child Development

Ministry of Human Resource Development

Government of India

New Delhi

 

An Introduction to the Situation of Indian Women

From Mexico to Copenhagen on to Nairobi and finally to Beijing; is just two decades of contemporary social history. In terms of time frame, two decades of social history constitute a very short span. However, if one looks at the history of the struggle for women’s rights both in India and in the world, this period has been one of the most eventful. From the fervent feminism of the sixties to the introspections on women’s status in the seventies, to women—in—development debates in the eighties and to focus ...

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