Better sex ratio, but poorer quality of life
Despite a good sex ratio, women in Mundargi have unequal access to employment and educational facilities.
Only 54 per cent of women are literate in Mundargi taluk, as per 2011 Census.
Mundargi, November 22, 2017: A good sex ratio doesn’t make life any easier for women in Mundargi.The sex ratio of 973 women for 1000 men, is higher than the national average of 943 women for 1000 men. But despite having such impressive stats, the taluk witnesses a major gender inequality in terms of education and employment.
The literacy rates in the taluk for men and women have a stark divide implying a bigger problem. Male literacy in Mundargi is 71 per cent while female literacy is 54 per cent. Female literacy in the taluk is 11 per cent below the national average.
Inamdaar, an NSS worker and English teacher at JA High School said that in the taluk, men are the daily bread earners, and women are told to stay in the house. She also mentioned that even if a girl is educated, she is told to look after the house.
In the taluk, 26,574 women work, while 38,467 women remain unemployed.
Sivamma, a member of the Town Municipal Council said that in the taluk, most women are made to stay in their houses. She also added that the women make rotis, and those are sold to hotels in the area, as well as in cities like Bengaluru.
There is very little help from outside for these women. There are only seven self-help groups, and very few women co-operative groups in the taluk.
Ashiwini Gowda, a sociologist mentioned that there are many cases of 'child marriage' in the taluk, which do not come out in the open. Also, she said that most jobs are given to men.
In terms of the bigger picture, schemes like ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ and ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ are some of the many initiatives introduced for greater women empowerment, but the progress in Mundargi is very slow.