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Understanding gender-egalitarian policy change in Asia
The project focused on two issue areas: violence against women and migrant workers (including a focus on domestic workers. In India, the focus of the research was primarily on understanding the processes of policy change in relation to anti-rape laws and women domestic workers (including migrant workers) in the two states of Gujarat and Karnataka.
Economic Reforms / Gender Network
A Regional Gender Network in South and South East Asia, with special reference to Gender Dimensions of Macro Economic Reforms The Gender Network Project initiated in 1998 is a thematic regional research program under the Micro Impact of Macro Adjustment Policies (MIMAP) Program Initiative of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada with a mandate to investigate the gendered impact of macro economic policy changes. Under its overall umbrella, studies were carried at the micro, meso and macro levels to understand various dimensions of the changing situation of women, and men under rapid economic change. The empirical basis of the Project has been provided by a number of household surveys conducted mainly in South Asian countries. The Project has carried out a number of specific studies on various sub-themes like the gendered impact of the Information and Communications Technologies; the qualitative dimensions of gendered poverty; economic growth, income inequality and gender disparities. This has been supplemented by a few studies involving macro econometric and CGE modeling of gender and by selected sectoral studies. The Network has broadened the scope of gender research by introducing the mental health dimension of gender bias in its fold. Mental health indicators have been used to bring in the phenomenon of violence against women as a crucial parameter for gaining insight into the true measure of gender development. The research on the contradictory signals of gender development has led to a number of studies on the highly acclaimed case of the Kerala woman where high female literacy goes hand in hand with disquieting evidence of violence against women. The network's research agenda had been conceptualized by Prof. Swapna Mukhopadhyay (former Director of ISST) and coordinated by ISST, New Delhi. The research under the project has been completed in three phases between 1998 and 2006.
Governance/Development Approaches
It is widely discussed that gender gaps continue to persist in education, health, work, participation and decision making in India despite substantial progress over the years.
Informal Economy and Women's Work
It is widely discussed that gender gaps continue to persist in education, health, work, participation and decision making in India despite substantial progress over the years.