Networking of Elected Women Representatives at Grassroots
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About the Book :
This book shares the experiences of the networking of elected women representatives at grassroots level in Tamil Nadu. Narrating how the elected women representatives have been facilitated to form a federation, it explains the reality of the devolution process in the state and the problems faced by the women leaders in local bodies. It also deals with the capacity building exercises conducted for elected women representatives, the role of NGOs in building the support structure, and the experiences of elected women representatives of their interface with institutions, officials and media. An integrated analysis of the project to prepare support structure makes part of the study as well.
About Author :
Ganapathy Palanithurai, Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj studies, Department of Political Science and Development Administration, Gandhigram Rural Institute—Deemed University, Gandhigram is an academic activist working with academic community, civil society, policy community and political community to impress upon them the importance and need of democratic local governance in India to enable the poor to lead a decent dignified human life. All his academic, research and outreach activities are being supported by an array of funding agencies namely the World Bank, the UNDP, the UNICEF, the Hunger Project, SDC, DANIDA, Action Aid International, the Ford Foundation, Population Foundation of India, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Toolkit Foundation—Netherland, Ministry of Panchayati Raj and State Planning Commission. He was a visiting Professor in Cologne University, Germany. He has to his credit seventy three books, 126 research articles, 112 popular articles in popular newspapers, 83 monographs published in a span of three decades. He is the coordinator of UGC-SAP and UGC innovative programme. He held several administrative positions like Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dean, Student's Welfare, Member, Syndicate, Member Senate, Member, and Academic Council in Gandhigram Rural Institute. He was and is member of many advisory committees of the Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu pertinent to local government and rural development.
G. Uma, is a research coordinator in Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural University. Her research interests include local governance, Panchayati Raj Systems, disaster management and networking for elected women leaders of local bodies. She did her Ph.D. on Networking the Women Panchayat leader in Tamil Nadu. An effective gender trainer and facilitator in networking and associating women Panchayat leaders, she is sensitizing media to cover the issues of elected women representatives. She has to her credit three books and two monographs, besides a good number of articles published in journals of repute.
Vanishree Joseph is a Lecturer in Political Science in Gandhigram Rural University. Her doctoral thesis was on Gender and Governance. She has published a number of articles on Gender and Governance based on her field activities. She has co-authored two books. She is in a network of scholars working in the field of Capability Approach.