paradox of women empowerment

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Call for Papers
March 30, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, Social Sciences, Economic History / Studies

The idea of the book has come to my mind by analysing the current scenario of women in our society. On one hand many Acts and Rules are passed by the government, policies and programmes for women/ girl children’s protection and development are launched with so much propaganda, on the other hand for the diversity of culture, superstitions, social limitation and primarily for patriarchal society girls and women are not in favourable atmosphere to capture the benefits. In every step, there are innumerable limitations. From the very birth, they face uninterrupted hurdles in different stages of their lives – daughter, wife, widow and like.  

For welfare and sustaining their self esteem, in the interest of the women, Union Government introduced several laws like Dowry Prohibition Act of 1961. Unfortunately, even after more than five decades of effect of this Act, practice of dowry is very much in the society. Again in our country there is the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1976 - in rural areas still child marriage is rampant. There is the Rape Law Amendment of 1983 but still it is more or less a routine affair in metropolitan cities particularly where it can be presumed that consciousness is better than in the rural areas. Immoral Traffic Prevention Act (ITPA) of 1956 is in force but poverty pushes the girls towards the trap of trafficking. In this way there are many Acts like Prevention of Atrocities Act of 1989, Maternity Benefits Act of 1961(extension part is child care leave for two years), etc. for protection of women.

For political empowerment thirty-three percent (in some states it is fifty percent) reservation is there in three-tier Panchayati Raj bodies. The studies show that on behalf of women panchayat members, male members of their families are capturing the powers endowed by the Constitution of India.  The elected women members are made the signatory only without knowing what they are signing. These practices sometimes cause them to face legal and administrative hazards also. This obligatory reservation for women representation in Parliament and Assemblies is not done yet, in spite of the fact that we are observing 70th Independence Day with much vigour.

In welfare aspect, for reducing maternal and neo-natal mortality, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) intervenes. Programme like Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) tries to prevent sex-selective, gender inclined elimination and institutional delivery even through providing incentives. For ensuring girl child education “BetiBachaoBetiPadhaoYojana, 2015 has been started. For protecting the dignity of women in rural areas in particular, Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) renamed as Swatch Bharat Abhiyan is being implemented to provide a sanitary latrine in each and every household for discouraging open defecation. According to 12th Plan document the coverage is below 50 percent. For giving equal wage and better environment in work place and guarantee work, MGNREGS has been introduced. These are only some examples – there are many others.

To portray a real life situation of women with special reference to the rural areas, I invite you to submit your original research paper related with any of the above Acts and programmes. You are free to write on any other issue obviously related with women interests and their empowering process.  Papers will be selected through peer reviewing process.


Main Theme:

Paradox of Women Empowerment

Areas that can be focussed:

  • Women participation in economic activities.
  • Women education
  • Reproductive health
  • Violence against women (including violence in working places)
  • Women participation in politics


  • Any other related issue


Some guidelines are provided below for your kind convenience.

  • Authors are requested to send an electronic copy of the paper in the form of word document file by e-mail to on or before 30th March 2018
  • Manuscripts should be typed in MS word in A4 size with double space in Times New Roman font with font size 12, Title of the Paper: All Capital, bold, font size 14
  • Title of the article should be short and the article should be confined within 3000 words
  • The article should have sub-headings as per focus of the writings including INTRODUCTION and CONCLUSION. The sub-headings should also be in capital letters and underlined
  • If you use images, graphs or figures, please insert them in jpeg or png format within the text
  • At the end of the article, Notes should be placed first followed by References, all serially
  • Format for references:
  • :
  1. Dreze J. and Sen, A. (1995): “India: Economic Development and Social Opportunity”, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.

Article in journal:

  1. Bandhyopadhyay, D.(2002): “Panchayats in Karnataka- Two Steps Back”, Economic and Political Weekly, 31st August, pp. 3572-3573.
  2. Bhaskar, M.(1997): “Women Panchayat Members in Kerala – A Profile”, Economic and Political Weekly, 26th April, pp. ws13-ws20.

Chapter in a Book/Edited Volume:

  1. Basu, G. and Chakraborty, S. (2012): “Public Health Initiatives Undertaken by Gram Panchayats”, in A.K.Mukhopadhyay, S. Chakraborty and A.K.Mukhopadhyay (eds.),“Gram Panchayats in West Bengal”,Vol.2, Mittal Publication, New Delhi.
  2. :

Mills H (2005), Health cost of anger, Downloaded 02/03.2017



  • The authors must provide their full address including name of affiliating institution, designation, mobile contact no. and e-mail.
Contact Info: 

Dr. Samapti Saha

Associate Professor

Durgapur Government College


West Bengal

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