Capability Enhancement of Women through Information Technology to Reduce Poverty, Inequality and Radical Feminism

Capability Enhancement of Women through Information Technology to Reduce Poverty, Inequality and Radical Feminism

Vinay Sharma (IILM Academy for Higher Learning, Lucknow, India), Piyush Seth (Sahara Arts and Management Academy, India) and Shujauddin Niyazi (Sahara Arts and Management Academy, India)
DOI: 10.4018/jabim.2012010101

Abstract

This paper considers the development of women (especially rural and the poor) as the central aspect to the poverty alleviation and reduction of inequality. The paper proposes an extensive usage of information technology to enhance the ‘capability’ (as in the concept of ‘Capability Approach’ by Prof. Amrtya Sen) of women so as to reduce poverty and inequality. The paper is suggestive of examples of few prominent business oriented and development related efforts designed and executed for the development of women by Government and other organizations and is logically indicative of the idea that those efforts would have given wondrous results, if information technology would have played a role there. One of the examples quoted in the paper would be DWCRA (the development of women and children in rural areas) scheme. The Paper actually emphasizes on the fact and proposes that Radical Feminism may be reduced through the ‘Capability Development’ of women through Business Opportunity Development, through the usage of Information and Communication Technology. The paper further quotes few examples of ICT based efforts in other South Asian Countries also.
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Introduction

To address its central theme and thought, that the development of women (Figure 1) (especially rural & the poor) is the central aspect to the poverty alleviation and reduction of gender inequality and subsequently the levels of ‘Radical Feminism’ the paper demonstrates Pictorial Demonstration No.1, which clearly depicts a cycle where in the development of women leads to a process which positively effects whole of the family (Figure 2).

Figure 1.

Application of information and communication technology for facilitating the enhancement of business opportunities to enhance the levels of capability so as to reduce radical feminism

Figure 2.

Once a mother is capable of generating revenues or becoming economically independent its benefits in the forms of health and education pass on to the children & subsequently to the family. Here, the awareness comes in, increasing the interest levels going on to the bigger efforts for health maintenance hence increasing the spending on healthcare and further going onto the bigger efforts for increasing the buying power further, which is an indication of economic development.

Radical Feminism and its Relation to Women’s Earnings

But the question is that why it’s not happening? Or why this development if so evidently dependable on the development of women is not taking a quantum leap? The answer to this is radical feminism and the cultural exploitation of women in this part of the world that is whole of the south Asia. The paper also takes note of the truth found out and quoted as “Is there anything else she would like to do? Her eyes suddenly light up, as if my words hold a promise. ‘Teach me a craft. Show me how else I can use my hands. I want to earn more, live better’. The girls in the village across the bridge are learning to spin. I would also like to” (Anees, 1985). Further, this paper strongly takes note of the findings and the expressions in ‘Beyond the Courtyard’ (Anees, 2003). To strengthen its central thought and proposition a primary research was conducted in the villages of Uttar Pradesh especially around the capital city Lucknow, wherein development is keeping pace with the other parts of India, but to the proponents surprise a startling fact which emerged was that even in the villages in the proximity of a large city like Lucknow development is far behind especially with the perspective of the development of the females.

First of all the study analyzed that if at all there is a factor of radical feminism prevailing in the villages and is it actually felt by the women? Simultaneously a major objective of the study was to analyze that if earnings of a women, work a women does to make herself financially capable reduces the levels of radical feminism the female faces.

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