SHGs, a personal safety net

The International Women’s Day, earlier called the International Working Women’s Day, is the day to remind ourselves that women are working all the time, even if they are unpaid and camouflaged as ‘housewives’. In India, women’s movements have battled long and hard to be recognised as workers who create value for the nation’s economy and to be acknowledged as farmers, traders and producers, not only as mothers, wives or housewives.

Since the 1980s, national development policies have slowly but steadily begun to validate women’s agency as economic actors. One promising sign since the 90s is the policy support for linking women’s self-help groups (SHGs) to the country’s network of nationalised banks so that women can access a productive resource — low-cost credit.......................Read more


Source: The New Indian Express

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