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Women aiding sustainability in local self-governance in India

Narayanan, Y. (2003) Women aiding sustainability in local self-governance in India. In: International Sustainability Conference, 17 - 19 September, Fremantle, Western Australia

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The reorganisation of the Panchayats or system of local self-governance in India, after the 73rd constitutional amendment in 1995, has created the basis for the establishment of formally democratic institutions for local governance at the grassroots level. An important feature of the post-1995 Panchayats is the reservation of seats for the socially marginalized sections and women. While this quota is not always filled up, it is heartening to see women Sarpanchs (the elected head of a Panchayat) even in remote villages like Kashipur, one of India’s and the world’s poorest districts, in the state of Orissa.

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Murdoch Affiliation: Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy
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