There are roughly 350 million women in rural India and as men from the villages move to the cities in search of jobs, women are left behind to fend for themselves and their families
There are roughly 350 million women in rural India and as men from the villages move to the cities in search of jobs, women are left behind to fend for themselves and their families. Now, a team of social scientists has penned a paper on how these women can generate income for their families with the help of innovative and sustainable technologies.
Social scientists Chocko Valliappa and Dr Nirmalesh K Sampath Kumar have written a paper titled 'Appropriate Technologies for Value Addition in Rural Indian Villages,' published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG in a 511-page volume on 'Smart Villages-Bridging the Global Urban-Rural Divide'.
According to the researchers, once the problems in rural communities have been identified, innovative science and technology (S&T) methods can be applied to them, helping rural women to generate income by staying within their own communities.
The authors pointed out that the gainfully employed women workforce has dropped by 10 per cent since the 1990s, with only 20 per cent women gainfully employed today.
"These women have the potential to contribute to the economy, besides generating an income for themselves and their families in a sustainable way," said Valliappa.
The authors have proposed the adoption of latest technologies, under a smart village model, to...
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