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Economic upliftment is one of the most enabling elements to release women from oppression, violence and powerlessness. Elaborate the statement. How far India has been successful in empowering women. Critically examine.

Topic : Social empowerment, Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

2. Economic upliftment is one of the most enabling elements to release women from oppression, violence and powerlessness. Elaborate the statement. How far India has been successful in empowering women. Critically examine. (250 words)

Reference: Indian Express 

Why the question:

The question is based on the elements that can contribute to release women from oppression, violence and powerlessness.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain the factors responsible for such conditions of women in the country; explain if economic upliftment can enable women empowerment and examine how far India has been successful in empowering women.

Directive:

Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Present a brief introduction about status of women.

Body:

There have been huge changes for women in terms of employment in the past decades, with women moving into paid employment outside the home in ways that their grandmothers and even their mothers could only dream of. Empowerment of women is perceived as equipping them to be economically independent, self-reliant, With positive esteem to enable them to face any situation and they should be able to participate in the development activities. Explain why economic independence is one of the most enabling elements for women. Present the case of India’s experience with women empowerment. Discuss the Remaining challenges.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.

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