Life Amidst Mines: Psychosocial Challenges of Women in Jharkhand
Women, Mining, Psychosocial, Health, Social Work
The study delves into the challenges faced by women residing in the mineral-rich mining regions of Jharkhand, India. By examining existing literature, it uncovers the interactions between economic reliance, environmental deterioration and deeply ingrained cultural and social norms and how these factors collectively affect women's mental and emotional well-being. The research highlights the struggles evidenced by increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression primarily linked to the disruptions caused by mining activities on both economic and environmental fronts. It also explores the cultural impacts, such as role changes and exclusion from community decision-making processes that intensify women's vulnerabilities. The paper advocates for an approach in work practices and policy development, emphasising integrated efforts addressing environmental sustainability alongside gender-sensitive support systems. It emphasises empowering women in mining areas through enhanced decision-making abilities, accessible mental health services and active participation in shaping mining policies. By shedding light on the aspects of life in mining-affected regions, this research significantly contributes to fields like work, environmental justice and gender studies. It highlights the importance of implementing approaches to reduce the effects of mining on women, promoting a move towards fairer and environmentally friendly mining methods that prioritise the welfare of communities in the area.
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Unique Paper ID: 162317

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 9

Page(s): 162 - 167
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