When words give rise to women empowerment

Kalpana K, assistant professor, department of humanities and social sciences, IIT Madras, began her journey with self-help groups (SHG) in 1997. Since then, she has been actively involved in documenting SHGs, beyond the accounts of women empowerment. The academician-cum-activist organiser recently released her book ‘Women, microfinance and the State in Neo liberal India’ at the IIT Madras campus.

Among the many present at the book launch was Nithya Rao, professor, gender development, University of East Anglia, UK and she said, “I found it to be constructive when Kalpana did her thesis on the same topic. However, a thesis to be converted into a book is a tough job and she has done an extremely good job. I hope this has a big readership as it deals with a current development challenge.”  Pointing to Kalpana’s background in activism, Nithya added, “This book gives a sense of confidence and conviction as it is written from knowing ground realities.”

After a stimulating panel discussion of her book by Madhura, MA student and Aswathy, a research scholar, Kalpana goes back to her initial activism days and talks about being part of the People science movement in 1997.................Read more


Source: The New Indian Express

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