Women and Urban Governance

25 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2014

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Vipin Singhal

Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR)

Date Written: February 23, 2014


Women empowerment in urban society is similar to that of other structure, that is, not many women are involved in it, especially in the decision making bodies. It is hard for them to participate in public spheres such as the political, administrative, judiciary and trade union due to cultural barriers, low educational levels, domestic responsibilities and other problems. The empowerment of women needs to develop and utilize women’s full potential a resources for national development in it economic, political and social-cultural matters. Economic growth does not necessarily lead to human development.

Gender equalities is central to realizing Millennium Development Goals. Gender equality will not only empower women to overcome poverty but also their children, families, communities and countries. Thus, gender equality produces a double dividend benefits to both women and children. However, eliminating gender discrimination and empowering women will require enhancing women’s influence in the key decisions that save their lives. Women themselves are the most important catalyst for change. However, challenging attitudes towards women at work requires a multifaceted approach. Gender equality, leading to increased work opportunities, enhanced capacities for livelihood developments, labour right to women, enhanced social protection and overall increasing voice can enable women to participate equally in productive employment, contributing to women’s development leading to economic growth of the nation. Gender equality, linked with women’s empowerment, is thus seen as key aspect of economic growth.

Keywords: Women, Urban Governance

Suggested Citation

Singhal, Vipin, Women and Urban Governance (February 23, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2400070 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2400070

Vipin Singhal (Contact Author)

Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) ( email )

New Delhi

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