Monday, December 19, 2005

ToI on women's status in the organized workforce

It's a cruel paradox that even though there are as many women as there are men in the country, only a small fraction has penetrated the organised workforce.


The fact that women form the single most oppressed caste in the country has completely escaped official attention.


If 'backwardness' is the criterion for right to better treatment, then without a doubt, women deserve top slot. Malnutrition, illiteracy, maternal mortality, overwork, mistreatment, discrimination and suppression are only some of the horrible burdens women have to bear and yet soldier on.

The quote is from this editorial, commenting on the finding by a recent CII study that women employees constitute only 6% in the (organized) manufacturing sector of India's economy.