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Her Right to Equality

Her Right to Equality

From Promise to Power

Nisha Agrawal
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The sixth volume in the Rethinking India series, in collaboration with the Samruddha Bharat Foundation, looks at the reality of gender equality in the country against the promises of justice and equality made in the Constitution of India. What it finds is that even today, India remains an unequal country and that women control, at best, about 10-15 per cent of economic and political resources. While there has been progress in some areas, in many other areas there has been very little and uneven change.
One of the main reasons for this slow progress is that social norms that assign particular roles and identities to men and women are ‘sticky’ and hard to change. In India, a highly patriarchal society, these norms give very little power to women and, consequently, they have little control or influence over decisions taken within their households, in markets or in political spaces.
Challenging the status quo can cause a backlash, leading to high levels of violence against women in the domestic sphere, the workplace and in public places. If we are to see a more safe, just and equal society by 2047, a hundred years after Independence, it cannot be business as usual. Her Right to Equality argues that what we require is disruptive change through individual and collective leadership and action.

Imprint: Vintage Books

Published: Mar/2021

ISBN: 9780670092994

Length : 256 Pages

MRP : ₹699.00

Her Right to Equality

From Promise to Power

Nisha Agrawal

The sixth volume in the Rethinking India series, in collaboration with the Samruddha Bharat Foundation, looks at the reality of gender equality in the country against the promises of justice and equality made in the Constitution of India. What it finds is that even today, India remains an unequal country and that women control, at best, about 10-15 per cent of economic and political resources. While there has been progress in some areas, in many other areas there has been very little and uneven change.
One of the main reasons for this slow progress is that social norms that assign particular roles and identities to men and women are ‘sticky’ and hard to change. In India, a highly patriarchal society, these norms give very little power to women and, consequently, they have little control or influence over decisions taken within their households, in markets or in political spaces.
Challenging the status quo can cause a backlash, leading to high levels of violence against women in the domestic sphere, the workplace and in public places. If we are to see a more safe, just and equal society by 2047, a hundred years after Independence, it cannot be business as usual. Her Right to Equality argues that what we require is disruptive change through individual and collective leadership and action.

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Nisha Agrawal

Nisha Agrawal is an economist who has worked on poverty, inequality and social development issues for more than 30 years. She was the first CEO of Oxfam India for 10 years from 2008-2018. During this period, she focused Oxfam's work on the most lagging states and the most marginalized groups. Prior to that, Nisha worked with the World Bank for almost 20 years. She has extensive experience working in countries in the East Asia Region (especially Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia) and in the East Africa Region (Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda). Prior to that, for four years, Nisha was a Research Associate at the Impact Research Centre at Melbourne University in Australia. Nisha has a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and an M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Currently, Nisha is an active member of civil society networks and organizations promoting social justice, with a special interest in promoting gender equality.