Linking the Unorganized Sector and Safe Public Space for Women Linking the Unorganized Sector and Safe Public Space for Women

Usha Singh
unpublished
Apart from the questions of equal wage payment and health concerns, the question of safe public space for women is another concern, especially in the unorganized sector. Because the absence of safe public space for women is not just the concerns of young 'modern' girls working in the BPO, but it affects all sections of women, especially in the unorganized sector which exposes them to several vulnerabilities. The women from the lowest strata of society are the immediate sufferers of the
more » ... ers of the insecurities of the unorganized sector. It has also led to feminization of poverty at a mass scale. It is directly related to the sexual violence and harassment of women at workplace and the expansion of the trafficking in women. Lack of institutional support from the state, the people and especially women are caught in the vicious circle of exploitation and poverty. The question of safe public space is an issue not only for the poor women caught in the exploitation of unorganized sector but also for all those women who step out of the house. Unsafe public space is an issue that plagues each and every sphere of women's education, mobility and education. The issue of women's mobility and its interaction with the dimensions of patriarchy has its own literature. Also unsafe public space for women is directly related to the lack of access to education and opportunities of economic growth and self dependence. Both of these are the push factors for the women (mostly illiterate, partly literate, poor single women and woman headed household) into the unorganized sector of the economy. Because economic self dependence is important determinant in reducing exploitation and income inequality but here we will focus on how the unempowered women in the unorganized sector negotiate space in the public sphere.
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