The women are anticipated to spend 80% of her reproductive years in pregnancy and lactation. A latest study undertaken by the New Delhi-based Center for Science and the Environment of the small Himalayan village of Bemru revealed that child birth in majority of the instances happen in the cattle stable, as villagers consider that holy cows safeguard the mother and the newborn child from evil spirits. Childbirth is regarded as unhygienic, and the mother and their newborn are considered as "untouchables" for nearly 2 weeks following delivery. According to the study, regardless of the woman being young, old or in carrying stage, she is denied rest, Sunday or not, observing that women in the village attended to 59% of the work, frequently toiling for 14 hours daily and pushing heavy load one and half times their own body weight. Following two or three pregnancies, their energy levels exhausts, their bodies get leaner and in their late thirties become haggard, worn out and drained, and meet their end.' (Chinese Cultural Studies: Women in China: Past and the Present)
Fikree and Pasha consider that "The present societal conditions render the expenses of maintaining a daughter so steep leading to families reluctant to put in scant resources for their betterment. (Role of gender in health disparity: The South Asian context) in a lot of cultures, women and girls have to consume the leftovers after men and boys have their fill. Women are frequently admitted to hospital only when they have attained a severe stage of sickness that is one cause for which a lot of mothers lose their lives while bearing child. Female children are never admitted to hospitals. In a research undertaken during 1990 database of patients at Islamabad Children's Hospital in Pakistan revealed that 71% of the kids admitted below 2 years of age were boys. Across all age groups, the number of boys admitted in hospital's surgery, pediatric intensive care and diarrhea is twice compared to girls. In case of the girl child the chances of survival are very acute. Nearly, 20% among girls born in the countries like Nepal and Bangladesh meet death before attaining the age of 5. In India nearly 25% of the 12 million girls, born annually, meet death by the age of 15.
Chinese Cultural Studies: Women in China: Past and the Present)
Half of the women in South Asia experience violence in her home. Violence is an inevitable fact in the lives of women, as the societal customs and mindset which fuel violence against them are ingrained and institutionalized at every stage - home, family, community, society, and the country. Shattering the silence on this violence is not without any pain, or a true alternative in case of the majority of women; in acting in that manner will put their lives at risk. What does violence meted out against women comprise? The internationally recognized definition believe as violence 'any behavior that outcomes in, or is apt to outcome in physical or psychological damage or anguish to women, comprising of fear of such acts, intimidation or capricious deficiency of freedom, whether happening in public or private life'. (Towards Ending Violence against Women in South Asia)
The widespread custom of gender-based violence on women in South Asia has battered the basic privileges of life, well-being, safety, physical integrity, political involvement, food, work, and shelter. It has acutely narrowed down their preferences in really all realms of existence, and clarifies unvaryingly the substandard gender-linked development indicators in vital segments such as health, nourishment, education, political involvement, and jobs. Acute gender prejudices has also resulted in wiping out 50 million women from the population; girls and women in South Asia meet premature death by negligence and violence. This occurrence is popularly known as the 'missing women' phenomenon. The United States Development Program -UNDP Human Development Deport 2003 reveals the manner in which women in this part of the world are intensely susceptible and underprivileged; indices for literacy, well-being, economic engagements, occupational burden, empowerment, and involvement in politics constitute to be abysmally rock bottom in the world. (Towards Ending Violence against Women in South Asia) latest World Bank communique relating to South Asia strengthens the message that women are dwelling in trouble torn world; maintaining that 56% of the women of South Asia are illiterate, and a third of the total maternal deaths in the globe happen inside the area. The little progress achieved throughout the area in enhancing availability of health care, nutrition or education are fast depleted through other type of discrimination like sex-selective termination of pregnancy. In India for instance, the influence of these type of system happens in the proportion of girls to boys among children under sic years of age. Juxtaposed with the normal ratio of nearly 95 girls being born for every 100 boys, there were 92.7 girls born for every 100 boys in 2001, and in certain states like Punjab and Gujarat, the proportion of girls is abysmally low as 79.3 and 87.8 respectively. This prevalent skewed sex ratio in case of children under the age of 6 years is forecasted to deteriorate throughout the area.
Therefore, although by and large development leads have resulted in a fall in women's too much mortality, other types of discrimination are rising which cancel out any optimistic influence on the lives of women. Interferences by the nation to safeguard women by efficient enforcement of regulation have been time and again spoiled through the dearth of support from overriding interests within the society, who legalize violence meted out to women as 'normal'. Regardless of penalizing regulations, majority of the women have to keep up with the principles of a patriarchal social system that strengthens gender disparities. Studies also reveal that in spite of 30 years of crusade by women's group across the world, and the problem of violence touching women making waves in international policy debates as a health and human rights concern, the social calamity is mounting. (Towards Ending Violence against Women in South Asia)
Compared with the international level, South Asia possesses the lowest adult rate of literacy, with less than half of the population being literate. (Chinese Cultural Studies: Women in China: Past and the Present) Government investment on education is among the lowest within the developing world, and the enrolment of girls' still trail behind boys.' (South Asia: (http://www.womensedge.org) a huge gender gap exists in illiteracy figures, having a huge number of women compared to men lying illiterate. This shows the social and cultural prejudices against girls and young ladies in the region. With the rise in population in these regions, it appears imminent that the numbers of illiterate women and girls will keep on mounting. (South Asia: (http://www.womensedge.org) the challenge of service is extremely discriminatory against women. The restricted access to job opportunities in case of women in South Asia is ideally shown in the gap between the rates of unemployment of men and women, which proves that women are 3.5 times more probable compared to men to be jobless in Pakistan. (Human Development in South Asia 2003: The Employment Challenge)
The deficiency in education for women in South Asia subjects them ill-equipped for a majority of the trained and more stable job market. The present good times in technology, on the international level as also in South Asia, has made an immense demand for workers with proficiency and education. Women are generally left out from this sphere because of their extremely restricted reach to education. The biggest bulk of female labor in South Asia are engaged in farming and the unorganized sector, that points out mainly to the small-scale economic engagements which happens outside the realm of accepted institutional perspective. Several of these women are sellers on roadside, selling vegetables, crafts and articles of daily use. The remaining are home-based workers with vocations in the weaving, pottery and garment making. An ultimate group comprise of manual laborers in agriculture and construction, and household workers. Therefore, the "unorganized sector" comprises of a broad array of women's contribution, but a bulk of these is left out to acknowledge as contributing to the economy, such that women experience twice the normal load. (South Asia: (http://www.womensedge.org)
Out of the population, two-thirds of the South Asian women are engaged in agriculture-associated work. But they are not permitted same opportunities in this sector as regards availability of funds and inputs and are discriminated while paying salaries. It is in the unorganized sector women constitutes the bulk of the workers. Two tendencies have resulted in the rise of female participation in this sector. First of all, in the rural regions the exodus of men folk to city centers or overseas has given scope for increased participation of women in small enterprises. Secondly, in city areas,…