ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN THROUGH HANDLOOM AND TEXTILE INDUSTRY: A CASE STUDY

Partha Pratim Bora1 and Sharadindu Bordoloi1
1Research Scholar, Department of Commerce, Gauhati University,
Guwahati, Assam, India
                                                        

Abstract
Women constitute around half of the total Indian population. They are considered as the better half of the society. In earlier days, they were associated with the household activities only. Nowadays, they have come out of the four walls to participate in all sorts of activities like, academics, politics, administration, social work and so on. Textile and handloom industry plays a crucial role in empowering women in present situation of time. Women empowerment means self reliance by the women in their own capabilities. Women empowerment refers to increasing self decision regarding education, participation, mobility, economic independency, public speaking, awareness and exercise of rights, political participation. This study mainly focuses on to understand the process of economic empowerment/ financial autonomy by women through engagement in the textile and handloom industry. Economic empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social or economic strength of individuals and communities in society. This paper is mainly based on primary data. The primary data has been collected through field survey and direct personal interview. The researchers deliberately selected Sualkuchi village of Kamrup(rural) District. Relevant journals and articles related to women empowerment in Assam have been reviewed.

Key words: women empowerment, handloom and textile, economic empowerment

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