Women Artisans & Self-Reliant India

The craft sector is the second largest employment generator sector in India after agriculture. As per the Census Report 2011, there are over 68 lakh artisans in the country, of which 55 per cent are women. The proportion of women employed in different crafts varies from a low of 40 per cent to a high of nearly 80-90 per cent. Though very few can be counted as prosperous, still craft sector employs millions of craft workers.

This lecture is about a less known craft of Aligarh city called ‘phool patti ka kaam  which is dominated by Muslim women artisans of the city. It throws light on the challenges faced by women artisans and suggests measures to improve their conditions in the context of ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ which bears the tag line ‘vocal for local’.

This is the second video of ‘BeyondHeadlines Online Lecture Series’:

Dr. Saman Ahmed is currently working as Post Doctoral Fellow at Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia. She pursued her Ph.D. from Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, AMU.



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