Issues & views

Sustainable development

Background : The autonomy and empowerment of women and the improvement of their social, economic, political and health status is an extremely important end in itself. In addition to this, it is significant for the achievement of sustainable development. The full partnership and participation of both men and women is needed in the reproductive and productive life, indulging the shared responsibilities for the nurturing and care of children and maintaining their household.


In different parts of the world, several women are facing threats to their health, lives, and well-being as a result of being overburdened with the work and due to lack of influence and power. In most of the interior regions of the world, many women are receiving lesser formal education as compared to men, and at the same time, the knowledge, abilities, and the copying mechanisms of women often go unrecognized. The power relations, which hold back women’s attainment of healthy and fulfilling lives are found to operate at different levels of the society, from the highly public to the most personal. Achieving the required policies and programs to improve the access of every woman for securing the livelihoods and the economic resources, lessen their all responsibilities with regard to the household works, eradicate the legal impediments to the participation of women in public life, and also raise social awareness through effective programs of mass communications and education. In addition to this, improving the women’s status also augments their capacity to take decisions at every level and in every sphere of life, especially in the areas of reproduction. This, in turn, is important for the long-term success of the population programs. Several researches have proved that the development and the population programs are most effective when steps and actions have simultaneously been taken for improving the status of every woman.

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