Women in the State of Odisha have played an important role in development, however they remain mostly invisible in policy and research. This anthology undertakes a journey from the States' rich historical tradition to its present stage of development to locate women's spaces in this process. This book helps in refocusing attention on economic, political and social dimensions of women and development. Through discussing areas of health, education, employment, migration and political role of women in decision-making institutions, the authors suggest that only when women or any oppressed groups gained substantially on these fronts, would it have greater dignity and power in society.
The absence of analytical work on women's role in the development of the State in being increasingly felt. This volume, we hope, will fill to some extent, the intellectual gap in feminist literature.
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Table of Contents
Introduction I. Roles, Identities and Agency 1. Multiple Authorship and the Gendered Narrative: Basanti and the Woman Question in Odisha 2. Women’s Movement for Land and Livelihood: A Case Study of Odisha II. Gendered Discriminations 3. Gender Discrimination and the Role of the State: A Case Study of Sex Selective Abortion in Odisha 4. Correlates of Health Care Among Women and Children in Odisha: Understanding Barriers in Access 5. Women and Underage Marriages in Odisha:A Developmental Perspective III. Development and Equality 6. Poverty and Food Security in Rural Odisha: The Gender Dimension 7. Inclusive Education: Fact or Fiction? 8. Regional Disparity and Women in Local Government: Implications for Sustainable Development IV. On the Margins 9. Skills for Employment Programme in Apparel Industries and Trends in Female Migration: A Study on SEAM of Odisha 10. Caste Narratives: Odia Dalit Women in Literature and Society 11. Social Security and Unorganized Sector: An Overview of the Women Construction Workers in Odisha
Asha Hans is a former Professor of Political Science and Director School of Women's Studies, Utkal University, Odisha.
Amrita Patel was a Researcher, Trainer and Teacher on Women's Studies.
Bidyut Mohanty was the Head of Women's Studies from 1993 to 2016 at the Institute of Social Sciences.
Swarnamayee Tripathy is Professor of Public Administration at Utkal University.