Is It Only Mothers, Not All Women, Who Need Social Safety Nets?
OPINION: Social policy in developing countries provides crucial assistance to women, but evidence shows that it is increasingly being limited to women who are mothers. India is a vivid case in point. Associating women with children and families is hardly new in society. What is surprising, however, is how much recent social policy has embraced and reinforced this association, funneling large sums of money into programs for mothers at the expense of programs furthering women’s socioeconomic empowerment and autonomy. What has also been sidelined — or is entirely nonexistent — are efforts to encourage men’s equal contribution to caregiving and childrearing at home. Read More