Gender And Political Economy
Most of the countries in the region are undergoing rapid social and economic change. The obstacles to women's participation in and benefits from these changes mean that the potential contribution of half of the population of these countries is either unutilized or underutilized, signifying an economic loss to the country. The direct links of expanded opportunities for women, especially in education and income-generating acivites, with reduction in population growth, improved health and education of children, easing of environmental pressure, improved nutrition, poverty reduction, and sustainable development, indicate that under-investment in women is an uneconomic proposition. Keeping women at the margins of development could prove detrimental to the overall development efforts and goals of the country. Likewise, improving women's access to financial services contributes to poverty reduction as it enables women to contribute to household income and family welfare, thereby making the transition out of poverty easier for their families. Extending such services to women also makes good economic sense for financial internediaries, as women have shown themselves to be better savers, leading to greater savings mobilization, and better repayers, resulting in fewer bad debits.
Dr. Shweta is BA, MA in Sociology and subsequently PhD in same discipline from Patna University and qualified for UGC-NET Examination conducted by the University Grants Commission. She is presently Counselor in Indira Gandhi Open University, Study Centre in Nalanda Open University and was associated with Magadh Mahila College, Patna University in teaching capacity. She had attended several seminars and symposiums and papers published in Ideal Research Review 1999, 2006 and Hindustan Research Review 2009.
Preface v 1. Sex, Gender and Society 1 2. Gendering Economic Development in Bangladesh 31 3. Gender and Political Economy 73 4 Sexual Ideology and Culture Practice 93 5. The Legitimate Community: Security, Sexuality and the state in Post Partition India 131 6. Sovereignty and Citizenship in Pakistan 159 7. Gender, Politics, Legal Reform and the Muslim Community in India 201 8. Women’s Political Participation in Contemporary Sri Lanka 243 Bibliography 285 Index 289