WOMEN’S EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT IN RURAL INDIA , as its title suggests, is about understanding women’s empowerment in rural India. In this extremely important book, Jyotsna Jha, Neha Ghatak, Niveditha Menon, Priyanka Dutta, and Shreekanth Mahendiran explore the pathways and roadblocks to women’s empowerment. They do this through an evaluation-centred research on Mahila Samakhya in Bihar, a Government of Indiafunded scheme of the Education Department, aimed at providing ‘education for women’s equality’. The book evaluates the impact of the scheme and its interventions on the lives of women from the most marginalised communities. It traces the meaning and the process of the various facets of empowerment
as well. These include how women’s empowerment effect their mobility; savings; participation in economic activities; self-effi cacy; decision-making and political participation. It also measures the intergenerational impact of empowerment, through the choices that women make about their daughters’ education and marriage. It also examines the way women, through the process of empowerment, are able to adjust and negotiate with dominant social institutions such as the family, and policy processes and their outcomes. In doing so, the book raises some important questions about the developmental implications of women’s education and social policy, planning and implementation. This book will be of enormous value to government departments, and all social science departments in universities such as political science, education, sociology, economics and gender studies.
JYOTSNA JHA has been director of CBPS since January 2011. Her research primarily focuses on education and gender. NEHA GHATAK joined CBPS in July 2011. Her work primarily focuses on education and gender-related projects. NIVEDITHA MENON has been working at CBPS since April 2015. Her work primarily focuses on gender-related projects. PRIYANKA DUTTA joined CBPS in September 2016. At CBPS, her work primarily centres around projects related to gender issues. SHREEKANTH MAHENDIRAN joined CBPS in November 2011 and works primarily on education-related projects.