Self Help Group and Women Empowerment: A Discourse
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About the Book :
Women constitute half of our population and play a vital role in the development of family, the community and the nation. It has been widely recognized that unless women's potential is properly developed, no transformation and economic development is possible. Therefore, to accelerate the growth and prosperity of the nation, it is very important to create opportunities for socio economic development of women. In fact, since independence, it has been felt that women experience poverty to a great extent than men do. The benefits of poverty eradication programmes targeted towards the head of the households have failed to trickle down and reached the women. Since then, The Government of India (GOI) has been emphasizing the need for designing separate development programmes for women and to earmark a specific percentage for women beneficiaries in other rural development programmes. Self Help Group and microfinance are the tools for women empowerment. The above terms are interwoven. The book entitled “Self Help Group and Women Empowerment - A discourse” has thrown light on the concept of women empowerment, microfinance and Self Help Group and how they are interlinked based on available review of literature. And lastly the inferences drawn from the study following a definite methodological aspect.
About Author :
SWAPAN SHAW (b. 1979) is a professional social worker, working in various fields of social work. Presently, he is working with the Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India as a capacity of Welfare Officer. He is having experience of working more than 15 years in the field of developmental sector. During his work he is having opportunities to work under many colossus personalities. He has gained lots of experience while working with the various exponents of social work. He was awarded M.S.W. and Doctoral degree in social work in the year 2003 and 2013 respectively from Visva-Bharati University. Prior to be associated with CSWB, New Delhi he worked with a reputed Christian Voluntary Organization where he learnt real life field experience with techniques of finding solution towards the problem with the help of the client. After that, the academic career motivated him in the field of research work. Both the exposures helped to conceptualize and internalize various social issues and social work principles, values and ethic to address them. He gained good amount of communication and interpersonal skills working through different segments of people. From time to time he extends consultancy services and closely associated with number of social action bodies. He has published many articles in various reputed journals.
DEBOTOSH SINHA (b. 1962) currently is a Senior Professor in the Department of Social Work, Visva-Bharati.
Apart from classroom teaching, fieldwork supervision, guiding Ph.D. students and other administrative assignments he has to his credit a number of articles and papers published in different reputed journals along with contribution of chapters in various books. He also authored five books on social work.
He was also a visiting faculty from time-to-time to University of Tampere (Finland), University of Stockholm, University of London and Glasgow, University of Dhaka, Shahjala University of Science and Technology and Rajshahi University of Bangaldesh. Recently he was visiting fellow in the University of York, Toronto, Canada. He also visited a number of countries (Italy, Norway, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thiland, South Korea and so on) to attend seminars, conferences or for some other academic purposes.
Dr. Sinha had also conducted a number of research projects sponsored by his own university as well as Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, National Human Rights Commission and other Ministries of Government of India. He is also been closely associated with number of social action groups and voluntary bodies.