Gender Issues

A silent struggle against inequality

Print edition : September 01, 2017

Rabh tribal women carry firewood in the Boko area of Kamrup (Rural) district in Assam. Low recorded work participation of women is often a reflection of the low status of women in society, since the huge amount of unpaid labour that they perform is simply not recognised. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

Tribal women walk a long distance to fetch water from a well at Padmapuram village in Araku, 120 kilometres from Visakhapatnam. Photo: K.R. Deepak

Tea garden workers on the outskirts of Guwahati. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

At a salt pan near Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu. Photo: L. Balachandar

Sarojini Naidu.

Aruna Asaf Ali.

Bhikaji Cama.

Sucheta Kripalani.

Kalpana Dutt Joshi.

The promises that inspired the enthusiastic participation of women in the national movement have remained unfulfilled, as a deep and pervasive gender inequality, making the position of women inferior in Indian society, still persists.
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