Ebene Magazine – Why women led development is India’s future

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Ebene Magazine - Why women led development is India's future

This decline is solely due to the dramatic increase in women’s voter turnout since the 1990s, while men’s participation has remained unchanged.

Published: March 08, 2021 7:47 AM |

Last updated: March 8, 2021 12:09 pm

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Did you know that the number of girls attending school in India has steadily increased over the years? Or that a public policy to replace wood-burning stoves with gas-fired ones will save millions of women from indoor air pollution?

Or that fewer babies and young mothers die in childbirth in India than ever before? Or that more girls than ever are seeking not only primary but also secondary education in the country?

These transformations were part of a « silent revolution » to borrow a phrase used by economists Mudit Kapoor and Shamika Ravi . You explain the growing number of female voters in India. You wrote, « There has been a steady and sharp decline in gender prejudice in voting over time. In particular, we find that the electoral gender ratio (the number of female voters for every 1,000 male voters) has increased very impressively from 715 in the 1960s to 883 in the 2000s This phenomenon of decreasing gender bias in voting occurs in all states, including the traditionally backward « BIMARU » states … This decline is solely due to the dramatic increase in women’s participation in the Elections since traced back. Male turnout remained unchanged in the 1990s. We also find evidence that women voters are agents of change – they vote differently from men and influence the prospects for re-election. « 

I want that phrase Use to indicate that there is an ei There is a bigger silent revolution taking place as we, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, move from the development of women to the development of women.

Essentially, what happens is a combination of public order – from sanitation to tap water Towards ubiquitous adoption of grid power – empowering women across the country, especially in smaller towns and rural areas. But such a change is inconspicuous and calm; It doesn’t make social media sounds or dramatic television images. Hence, insufficient attention is paid to it.

If you really want to understand how this empowerment unfolds, you need to consider it in terms of time. What is the only thing that all research shows? That women – often burdened with work and duties outside and at home – have less time than men.

This is why so much sociological research focuses on the lack of economic evaluation of « housework, » the unpaid work that many women do from pursuing their passions in their spare time.

This is why it is important to note that in the UNICEF study « Access to Toilets and Safety, Comfort and Self-Esteem of Women in Rural India » (February 2020) 91 Percent of women said they could save up to an hour and not have to drive up to a mile to defecate after building toilets.

The safety that simply building toilets brings, and the Time so precious in building toilets and accessing tap water at home is the cornerstone of the women-led development that is happening in India.

If you stick with the p Thinking of the parallel growth of digital technology and access to digitally powered information in the hands of women – who are safer now and have more free time – then start connecting the dots where growth and transformation are likely to come from in the future / p> Hence, this essay seeks to shed light on these myriad changes at the grassroots level that are leading to tremendous societal changes in places where “breaking news” does not normally come. But for the lives of countless Indian women, for their creative energies and interests, for their dreams and ambitions, nothing could be more important than putting these building blocks in place.

India has traditionally been a world leader in providing executives under Women, and even today, at the highest political or economic level or in the world of startups, there is no shortage of women. Personally, I have the privilege of working in an organization that is heavily driven by women and I am constantly learning from my own team, where most of the members are women.

I believe that the women-led development in Indeed, the future is for India, a nation culturally attuned to the idea of ​​Nari Shakti – and the future of women-led development will be immensely enriching and sustainable than the predominantly past-led world of men.

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