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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Extracts from Platform for Action Ten Years After

India Country Paper

Department of Women and Child Development

Ministry of Human Resource Development

Government of India

 

Introduction: Towards Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in India has been built upon strong commitments by the government and unflagging effort by the women’s movement. Gender inequality arising out of social norms and cultural traditions has been addressed through a range of direct and indirect measures, and the aim of the National Policy for the Empowerment of Women (2001) has been to bring about social change — changes in attitudes towards women, and women’s empowerment. The policy itself reflects the aspirations ...

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