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ID 37257
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creator
Shrestha, Ranjan Prakash
Rajbhandari, Tripti
subject
Women
economic and social status
Jyapu community
decision making
NDC
Society
abstract
Nepal is predominantly a patriarchal society; there are high levels of gender disparity, and women lag behind men both socially and economically. The Jyapu people (a sub-caste of the Newar ethnic group) constitute one of the largest ethnic groups in the Kathmandu Valley. This study explores the economic and social status of Jyapu women by examining their productive/economic roles, their social/community engagement, and their involvement in decision-making processes, with a particular focus on water use and the conservation of stone spouts and traditional wells. The study reveals that Jyapu women are not sufficiently empowered economically to play a major role in wider decision-making processes but that their involvement in community-based activities (including water conservation) and economic entrepreneurship is critical at the domestic and community levels. The study demonstrates that Jyapu women are the major users of traditional water resources and play an important role in the conservation process, possessing longstanding knowledge for climate-change adaptation practices.
journal title
Journal of contemporary India studies : space and society, Hiroshima University
issue
Issue 5
start page
51
end page
63
date of issued
2015-03-23
publisher
広島大学現代インド研究センター
issn
2185-8721
ncid
language
eng
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
rights
Copyright (c) 2015 広島大学現代インド研究センター
department
The Center for Contemporary India Studies at Hiroshima University
Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation
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