Sustainable development and human rights both need equal opportunities in the policies. Sometimes human rights of rural women and children do not get space in programmes of sustainable development. For example in the tiger reserve forest areas, incidences of malnourishment among the women and children are more in comparison to urban area. Similarly, access to education, health facilities and transport facilities are poor. Women are working hard for cutting the fire wood and carry it on head (because of certain rules) for many kms. my concept of gender audit is not only related with the money but inclusion of women’s issues during the planning of any development project (industrial zones, rural development projects, urban infrastructure projects, excavation projects and many more), approaches for solving the issues during process, financial budgets and it’s delivery and at last the achievements.
A long way to go..
The picture is from one of the big fast developing industrial area, which is not far from the national capital. It would be good for policy makers to know the impact of Industrialization on these women.
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