Paper Presentation on Women Empowerment and Self Help Groups by Mrs. Rebecca Thomas Lecturer in Commerce Nes Ratnam College, Bhandup(W). Women Empowerment and Self Help Groups Introduction Women

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PAPER PRESENTATION
ON
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
AND
SELF HELP GROUPS

BY
Mrs. REBECCA THOMAS
Lecturer in Commerce
NES Ratnam College,
Bhandup(W).

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND SELF HELP GROUPS

Introduction
Women and children, who represent more than two-thirds (67.7%) of the country's total population, constitute the most important target group in the context of the present day developmental planning. Therefore their concerns are placed on the priority list of the country's developmental agenda.

For more than a decade' the term 'empowerment' has been widely used in relation to women as well as marginalized community in India, Today one hears this term much more often than terms like women's welfare, upliftment,development are awareness rising
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In order to empower the rural poor especially the women, female workers must first empower themselves.Batilwala has identified three approaches to women’s empowerment :the integrated development approach, which focused on women’s survival and livelihood needs; the economic development approach, which aimed to women’s economic position; and the consciousness approach, which organized women into collectives that address the source of oppression.
The consciousness raising approach asserts that women’s empowerment requires awareness of the complex factors causing women’s subordination. This approach organized women into collectives that tackle the sources of subordination (ASTHA, Deccan Development Society, Mahila Samakhya, WOP in India, and Nigera Kori in Bangladesh).
The Female empowerment approach stresses the capacity of women to increase their self reliance and internal strength. The empowerment approach to women’s advancement in developing countries recognizes that the patriarchal structure of subordination must be addressed through women’s organizations at the grass- root level. Such local groups can facilitate bottom up change by providing a social mechanism to raise women’s consciousness about their subordination.
Broad categories of Empowerment
Empowerment can be broadly categorized as:

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