Women in a tribal society play a very important role in the social, cultural, economic and religious life. But they are still lagging far behind in the field of education, employment, health, economic as well as politics. They are poorly represented in the law making bodies because of their low socio-economic status. Further the issue of political empowerment of tribal women is linked with aspects like rights, equality, liberty and social justice. A range of formal and informal barriers are limiting tribal women’s political participation. Among them the important barrier is economic. There is a need for economic and political empowerment of tribal women Empowerment of tribal women for the accelerated socio-economic development of the community, the active participation of women is essential. In a social set up like India’s, their participation has to be ensured through tangible measures, taken at various levels, which result in their empowerment in the real sense.
This volume entitled “Empowerment of Tribal Women: Issues and Challenges” finds out the tribal women’s level of participation in various rural development programmes initiated and implemented in the rural areas by the Panchayati Raj institutions, Cooperative institutions and Non-Government Organizations. At last this volume identifies all these factors such as lack of education, absence of skills and training, lack of property rights, social isolation and segregation and male control over resources and reproductive rights as responsible for tribal women disempowerment and makes suggestions for the removal of these impediments.