Analysis and Policy

The EU’s Contribution to Women’s Rights and Women’s Inclusion: Aspects of Democracy Building in South Asia, with special reference to India


Dr Monica Das, Associate Professor in Economics, Delhi University (Commissioned author)

Type of document

Discussion paper on the EU's role in democracy building

First released at

November 15, 2009


Gender Issues, South Asia

English, 11 pages

Excerpt from the discussion paper on the eu's role in democracy building

The cultural construct of Indian society determines the mindset of India’s people, reinforcing existing gender biases against women. The country faces challenges related to poverty, education, employment opportunities and addressing issues of gender inequity. Globalization has increased the casualization of the economy as well as the size of the informal economy. Inequalities have increased and women are affected disproportionately. Among the most important factors for women’s autonomy are the right to land, control of local markets, and access through education and training to occupations that enhance their self-esteem. Women with no control over expenditure or access to the market lose authority at home. Women’s real political participation is also important.


Annika Silva-Leander, Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General (Secretary-General's Office)

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