The Eastern Himalaya region covers a geographical area that spans five nations and has diverse landscapes, a multitude of ethnic groups and a rich variety of flora and fauna. The region is relatively poor in terms of GDP and per capita income; industrialisation and infrastructure is under-developed; climate-induced disasters are frequent; and maternal and infant mortality rates are high. Economic constraints combined with restrictive cultural norms create barriers for women in education, employment and decision-making, thus further entrenching unequal gender relations.
This book explores the ways in which gender-sensitive and inclusive policies can be developed to address the basic issues of marginalisation, livelihood, poverty and vulnerability in the Eastern Himalayas. The chapters in the volume touch upon current concerns, such as the economic and social challenges faced by women, their control over resources, questions of patriarchy, discrimination, gender rights and equity, information, empowerment and participation, and women as agents of change.
This volume will be useful to researchers and scholars in gender studies, sociology and social anthropology, development studies, economic and human geography, politics, northeast and Himalayan studies, South Asian studies, as well as policymakers and those in the development sector and non-governmental organisations.
Table of Contents
List of figures. List of tables. List of contributors. Acknowledgements. Introduction 1. The Eastern Himalaya and the Mongoloid Myth 2. Access to Water and Gender Rights in India: Contextualising the Various Debates Through the Study of a Mountain Village in Sikkim 3. Challenges to Women as Food and Risk Managers in the Context of Floods: A Case Study from Tinsukia 4. ‘Constructed’ Images of Gender and Gender Roles in the Northeastern Himalayas: Virtual and Actual 5. Towards a Research Collaboration with Indigenous Communities in India 6. Female MGNREGA Workers and Poverty Reduction in Sikkim 7. Women in the Land of Jade: Issues and Interventions. Index
Sanjoy Hazarika is the Director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and was the founder of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India.
Reshmi Banerjee is Academic Visitor at the Asian Studies Centre (Programme on Modern Burmese Studies), St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK.