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Some issues highlight the problems in rural India; A lot to do with cultures and traditions and authority.

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The link here takes us through a breakdown of the stats which are of 
great importance to where women stand in Indian rural society.
As seen, statistics place men as more literate and more in number, this 
serves as an indication to all of how in a rural system, men who are educated or have more experience are the voices who get heard.
This gives them power and an authority to make these decisions.
The idea is not only to let women know their rights and freedom,
but to also put things into perspective for the males.

In India, rural systems are called Panchayats, a micro-level governing body that administers the requirements and functioning of villages, usually the leader, known as the Sarpanch, is male and has much of the say in 
the running of the village. I believe that the thought of equality to women dissolves in these micro regions because of the kind of work people in villages are accustomed to doing. 
Because of a lack of complete education, men from villages take up labour jobs in the cities to provide for their families, now this is seen as a very physically challenging job, working in construction sites for days, poor living facilities and staying away from the family is something that adds on to this. In the villages, they do not see this as an appropriate job for women and thats where half the opportunity disappears. The slightly better educated males do clerical jobs and eventually go higher in the working strata or may even land good jobs in cities, but very few return and provide experience and inisight to their villages. The city life shows glimpses of this, women are working hard in India, top jobs, busy lifestyle, women in India have shown in this past.


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Interesting rural insights, Shubham – which provide some perspective on our challenge focus of urban areas, given many low-income urban residents are rural migrants.

I was heartened to note, when working in Dharavi a few years back, that women are making their way into urban panchayats and collaborating at a leadership level on crime prevention. As we focus on solutions, I wonder what we might learn from women who are managing to get involved in local leadership? Perhaps you and others here who are based in places like India, might seek women out who are making strides and talk to them? Here's our Interview Toolkit to get you started:

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Hi Meena, thanks for your comment, I shall get to it!

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