Women empowerment in local governance: Macro myths and micro realities
Author(s): Dr. Anantha S
Abstract: This article ‘Women Empowerment in Local Governance’ tries to explicate the political empowerment of marginalized section hitherto denied of representation and participation in local decision making bodies. The author unveiled the extent of representation facility for women has fulfilled the expectation of the Act or not. The Article also focus on issues like; Is there any change in the behavior of women after entering into these institutions, whether the perception of male elected members, officials and villagers about the role of women members have changed over the years and to see whether the strong plea for reservation for women in augmenting their all round development is justified. It was found that majority of women representatives are first time entrants.
It is too early to come to any decision about the efficacy of political representation in terms of their empowerment. The emancipation through political empowerment has opened up many avenues to fight against negative impact of patriarchy and to raise their grievances for better position in all relms of life.