Women self-help group participants in rural northern India described living with social and economic challenges, including persistent poverty and discrimination. Self-help group participants, teachers, administrators, and parents discussed rural education. Stakeholders talked with a social work student serving an intensive internship in a grassroots non-governmental organization. A grounded theory approach guided data collection, coding, and analysis. Self-help group participant data themes included the empowerment of women and development of entrepreneurship. Education stakeholders revealed a need for increased access to education, especially for girls and young women. Therefore, recommendations centered on “3 E’s” – empowerment, entrepreneurship, and education. American and Indian social workers, community organizers, and social work educators have much to learn from each other in the quest for social and economic justice.
Riebschleger, Joanne Ph.D., LMSW and Fila, Brittany BASW
"Voices of Women in Rural India: Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, and Education,"
Contemporary Rural Social Work Journal: Vol. 1:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.murraystate.edu/crsw/vol1/iss1/3