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Just so far and no more: Structural and institutional barriers to women’s empowerment in rural India

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Empowerment has been adopted by international, national and local entities to promote the development of women. In India, the National Policy for the Empowerment of Women has been the guiding framework to encourage communities to explore empowerment for women primarily through social, economic and educational changes. In efforts to counter the disenfranchisement of women, nonformal education programs have sought to empower women while concurrently promoting efforts to improve their overall quality of life as well as those who live in their communities. In exploring how women seek to understand personal agency, this study uncovers broader challenges faced by women as they think about and understand the role of power in their lives. Using qualitative methods and ethnographic experiences, participants presented information on the structural and institutional barriers that hinder women’s use of voice and agency in spite of the most organized nonformal education programs. The disconnect between the structural barriers and the structural focus on empowerment hinder the willingness for women and the gatekeepers in communities to fully engage in such practices. Using case study methodologies in rural India, the analysis of data presented a broader awareness of inequities shedding light on issues of corruption and societal challenges facing women. This paper documents the clarity with which the women share their experiences, offer solutions to better connect national mandates with local realities, and explore the broader ramifications of how education and empowerment might be affected at the national level because of the local barriers they are experiencing.
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Baily, Supriya. "Just so far and no more: Structural and institutional barriers to women’s empowerment in rural India" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486250_index.html>

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Baily, S. , 2011-04-30 "Just so far and no more: Structural and institutional barriers to women’s empowerment in rural India" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486250_index.html

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Abstract: Empowerment has been adopted by international, national and local entities to promote the development of women. In India, the National Policy for the Empowerment of Women has been the guiding framework to encourage communities to explore empowerment for women primarily through social, economic and educational changes. In efforts to counter the disenfranchisement of women, nonformal education programs have sought to empower women while concurrently promoting efforts to improve their overall quality of life as well as those who live in their communities. In exploring how women seek to understand personal agency, this study uncovers broader challenges faced by women as they think about and understand the role of power in their lives. Using qualitative methods and ethnographic experiences, participants presented information on the structural and institutional barriers that hinder women’s use of voice and agency in spite of the most organized nonformal education programs. The disconnect between the structural barriers and the structural focus on empowerment hinder the willingness for women and the gatekeepers in communities to fully engage in such practices. Using case study methodologies in rural India, the analysis of data presented a broader awareness of inequities shedding light on issues of corruption and societal challenges facing women. This paper documents the clarity with which the women share their experiences, offer solutions to better connect national mandates with local realities, and explore the broader ramifications of how education and empowerment might be affected at the national level because of the local barriers they are experiencing.


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