Women's Empowerment and Inclusion

  • Voices from the Field

    Understanding Financial Inclusion from Women Community Leaders in Microfinance Pilot Research Study in Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

  • The Fear that Stalks: Gender-based Violence in Public Spaces

    This book is an attempt to understand the causes, nature and consequences of gender-based violence in public spaces. It provides a framework that locates gender-based violence within the politics and dynamics of public space, and helps us to understand the commonality between these diverse forms of violence, ranging from sexual harassment, sexual assault, moral policing, ‘honour’ killing, acid throwing and witch hunting among others. The writers examine the idea of a ‘public’ space. Although by and large a notional space, they begin by identifying it as a geographical space between home and workplace, and then, go beyond this, to look at the violation faced by transgenders, homeless women and girls who live on the streets, as well as those who work in public spaces in the unorganized sector.

  • Gendering Human Development Indices: Recasting the Gender Development Index and the Gender Empowerment Measure for India

    The report ranks states and union territories in India in gender development and empowerment through calculation of Gender Development Index and Gender Empowerment Measure to reveal gender-based disparities that can be used by policymakers and analysts.

  • The GEDI Dialogue : Workshop Report

    This programme was an attempt to bring together stakeholders from various sectors in order to provide a platform to understand and identify “gender issues”, discuss and present views, look for ways and means by which all stakeholders can collaboratively achieve results.


India’s poor performance on women’s empowerment and gender equality is reflected in many indicators. In many parts of the country, sex ratio has dropped to fewer than 850 females per 1000 males. India is ranked 129 in the Gender Inequality Index as per the Global Human Development 2011. Women from disadvantaged groups such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities in particular face discrimination, exploitation and limited employment opportunities.

Our work recognizes that women are by no means a homogenous category. UNDP argues that where development is not ‘engendered’ it is ‘en-dangered’. As a result it is ensured that vulnerable women benefit from all initiatives.