ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 1, ISSUE : 3 July-September, 2013 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 

EFFECT OF SELF HELP GROUP IN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF RURAL

WOMEN IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

Dr. Yoginder Singh
 
ABSTRACT
Women constitute fifty percent of the world population and receives hardly ten percent of the world income and owner of even less than one percent of world’s property. They suffer many disadvantages as compared to men in terms of literacy rate, labour participation rates and earnings. The major strategies for women empowerment include social empowerment, political empowerment and gender justice along with demographical justice (rural and urban). For the rural women, economic empowerment can be harvested through the concept of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) based on group approach to rural development. SHGs are indeed a boon to the rural poor women who undertake viable economic activities on their own. SHGs are voluntary association of people formed to attain some common goals. In this paper, an attempt has been made to evaluate the nature of business and its performance carried out by women through SHGs and its impact on economic empowerment in rural areas.
 
KEYWORD
Constitution, empowerment, Panchayati Raj, Self -Help Groups (SHGs).
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