Group Rights and Gender Justice: Exploring Tensions within the Gond Community in India

The present study is located in Upper Bastar Kanker district, within the erstwhile Bastar region. This area is home to the Gond Adivasi tribals and amongst the poorest areas in the country. PRADAN initiated work in this region in 2008-09, and despite concerted efforts the district ranks 12th (amongst 16 in the state) on the Human Development Index with an abysmal score of 0391 In light of the above, this proposed research project aims to empirically:

  • Investigate how adivasi rural gond women in Kanker understand and experience gender inequality
  • Investigate how examine the extent to which current interventions around SHGs by PRADAN and the National Rural Livelihood Mission have (differentially) impacted gender inequality. Adivasi rural gond women in Kanker understand and experience gender inequality
  • To explore facilitating and hindering forces that mediate the women’s groups ability/inclination to negotiate/challenge inequality in their own lives.

The research project was supported by the III. The team was a part of the visiting Atlantic Fellowship 2017-18. Based in the International Inequalities Institute (III) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is one of seven interconnected Atlantic Fellowships. AFSEE’s aim, via Residential and Non-Residential Fellowship tracks, is to cultivate a sustainable and catalytic community of Fellows who are part of a global community of social change leaders.

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