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Tribune (2005.1.5): Women at receiving end in HP, Uttaranchal :NCW

Tribune News Service, New Delhi, January 5

Despite the highest female workforce participation, women in Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal have no property rights, which often leads to lands remaining barren, because women unable to work on them can neither sell them nor give them away.

This was pointed out in a report compiled by Mr Vijay Vaidya and Prof Susheela Kaushik for the National Commission of Women (NCW). The report on Himachal Pradesh notes that despite the state having enforced the Marriage Registration Act, there are instances of non-compliance.

“There is no state policy for women, no proper documentation of the records and creation of database, NGOs are in a nascent stage and most lack institutional capacity. Gender budgeting and auditing needs to move beyond lip service and the state has to take initiative to introduce the concept of gender budgeting to create the gender responsive governance and lead by evidence,” it says. [more]