Women empowerment in un-organised Sector: Opportunities and challenges
Varsha Jaiswal
Unorganised Sector, women workers, gender discrimination
The Indian economy can well be studied in two distinct sectors, organized and unorganized (informal). The widespread unorganised sector in the country is a major contributor to its development but at the same time it faces several problems such as no proper service rules, no wage rules and no possibilities of career advancement. Another notable fact is that as many as 94% of total women workers work in the unorganised sector in India but they have to face many challenges in comparison to their male counterparts. This research study elaborates the historical, social, economic, and cultural aspects that contributed to the deterioration of women's working conditions in India's unorganised sector. This paper examines the manner in which in which patriarchal social institutions, restricted economic prospects, inadequate labour rules, social stigma, and cultural norms have worsened the difficulties experienced by women in this sector of the economy. The study exposes that women in the unorganised sector confront multiple difficulties such as inequitable employment and salary possibilities, inadequate maternity benefits, and increased susceptibility to sexual harassment. Notwithstanding the presence of laws in place to safeguard women's rights, there are still concerns with implementing these laws into effect and addressing cultural hurdles, which are hampering the achievement of gender equality in the workplace, since a long time. The research paper offers a comprehensive strategy that involves government agencies, employers, organisations from civil society, and women themselves. It seeks to enhance women's financial autonomy, safeguard their rights, and social equity. India can fully utilise its unorganised sector to empower women economically by addressing systemic obstacles and advocating a culture of gender equality.
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Unique Paper ID: 164377

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 12

Page(s): 562 - 567
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