Women, who Constitute a sizeable proportion of a country's population, are subjected to gender bias and indignities arising out of the age-old patriarchal tradition. Despite worldwide evidence of the low levels of female participation in social, educational, economic and political spheres, there is still a tendency not to see it as a real problem. This book is an effort to assess the current size of the gender gap by measuring the extent to which women have achieved equality with men in critical areas: economic participation, economic opportunity, political empowerment and educational attainment. The national policy for empowerment of women 2001, as well as the Tenth Five Year Plan, illustrate the Indian Government's commitment to women's empowerment and welfare. Social empowerment aims to provide women easy and equal access to all the basic minimum services to enable them to realize their full potential. Economic empowerment aims to make all women economically independent through training, employment and income generation activities.
In this book the writers have tried to take problems and discuss the problems of women in the society, economic and political fields. They have tried to explore the aims and frameworks of the initiatives and the practices developed by government, and commented on the mixed results achieved.