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Superior Status of Women in Kerala: Myth and Reality


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In the 21st century, women enjoy more freedom and power than ever before. However, they are still disadvantaged when compared to men in virtually all aspects of life. Kerala has often been referred to as the ―land of women.‖ Histori cally the state has been qui te different from the rest of the country in terms of the indicators of women's devel opment. Keral a's accomplishment in human development i s in fact the outcome of the better status of women in terms of education and heal th. But now Kerala is facing gender paradox. Gender paradox' in Kerala refers to the ‗contradicti on' whereby women's high showing in socio‐demographic indicators of development exists simul taneously with their low public participation and the increasing incidence of violence upon them. Given that ‗gender paradox' has become the overwhelming context for imagining women in Kerala today, this paper seeks to examine i ts anatomy. The specific purpose in this paper is to eval uate the status of women in Kerala because of i ts distinctive growth pattern.

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Women, Kerala, Paradoxes, Violence, Education, Politics
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N. R. Nithya
Department of Political Science University of Kerala, India

Abstract


In the 21st century, women enjoy more freedom and power than ever before. However, they are still disadvantaged when compared to men in virtually all aspects of life. Kerala has often been referred to as the ―land of women.‖ Histori cally the state has been qui te different from the rest of the country in terms of the indicators of women's devel opment. Keral a's accomplishment in human development i s in fact the outcome of the better status of women in terms of education and heal th. But now Kerala is facing gender paradox. Gender paradox' in Kerala refers to the ‗contradicti on' whereby women's high showing in socio‐demographic indicators of development exists simul taneously with their low public participation and the increasing incidence of violence upon them. Given that ‗gender paradox' has become the overwhelming context for imagining women in Kerala today, this paper seeks to examine i ts anatomy. The specific purpose in this paper is to eval uate the status of women in Kerala because of i ts distinctive growth pattern.

Keywords


Women, Kerala, Paradoxes, Violence, Education, Politics

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