Women And Child Welfare Programs (Theory)

Paper Code: 
HHD 323
Contact Hours: 
Max. Marks: 
  • To develop awareness regarding status of women in India and sensitivity to women’s issues and concerns.
  • To understand theoretical and Methodological concerns related to women’s studies.
  • To understand the children problems.
  • To give information regarding welfare agencies for women & children.
  • To be aware of issues and concerns related to situation of women with specific references to the Indian context.
Unit I: 
Status of Women in contemporary society of India

Unit I:              

  1. Social construction of Gender, Gender Socialization, Gender discrimination, gender stereotyping, Androgyny, Gender Role
  2. Demographic indicators related to women-Sex Ratio, Literacy, Life Expectancy, Maternal Mortality Rate, Infant Mortality Rate, Work Participation Rate
  3. Issues related to women in India (with special reference to Rajasthan) Female feticide, Female Infanticide, child marriage. Dowry, Widowhood, Female commercial sex workers, Domestic violence, problems of Elderly and single women
Unit II: 
Legislations and specific Institutions for women in India


  1. Legal rights of women
  2. CEDAW, ERA-1976, MTP Act-1971, Maternity benefit Act-1961,
  3. National Policy for women empowerment-2001, Domestic Violence Act-2005,  Dowry Prohibition Act-1961, Rajasthan state Policy for girl child, 2013
  4. National and State Commission for Women. DWCD
Unit III: 
Child Related Issues and Challenges in India


a)      Issues of child labor, child marriage, juvenile delinquency and child abuse  in India and Rajasthan

b)      Children in Difficult Circumstances – Introduction, Demographic Statistics in India, Classification of Children in Difficult Circumstances – Child Labor, Destitute Children, Street Children, and Delinquent Children

c)      Child Labor and Destitute Children – Definition, Causative Factors, Health Status and Intervention Programmes for Child Labors

d)     Street Children - Definition, Causative Factors, Health Status, Life Style, Problems and Intervention Programmes for Street children

e)      Rights of children (UNCRC)

f)       Constitutional provisions for children

Unit IV: 
Laws policies and programmes for children


  1. JJ Act 2000, The Child Labor Act-1986
  2. POSCO Act 2012, Prohibition of child marriage act-2009
  3. National policy for children-2013, Rajasthan child Policy 2008,
  4.  National charter for Children 2003
Unit V: 
Organization working for children- National & International



Objectives, beneficiaries, coverage and funding of

  1. UNICEF, WHO, CRY, FAO, CARE, World Bank
Essential Readings: 
  • KapurderiyaMeghraj, 2012; Women Welfare and Empowerment, Ancient Publishing House New Delhi.
  • Bajpai, A. (2006). Child Rights in India: Law, Policy and Practice. Oxford University Press.
  • Kishwar, M. (1999). Off the Beaten Track: Rethinking Gender Justice for Indian Women. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Satyarthi, K. and Zutshi, B. (Ed) (2006). Globalization, Development and Child Rights. New Delhi: Shipra Publication. 
  • Saikia, N. (2008). Indian women: A socio-legal perspective. New Delhi: Serials Publication. 
  • Chaudhary, D. Paul: Child Welfare Development, Delhi, Atma Ram & Sons.
  • Pyles, M.S. (1947):Institutions for Child Care & Treatment, New            York: Child Welfare League of America.
  • India (1964): Council for Child-Welfare: A National Policy for Children, New Delhi,.
  • Srinivasan,K.Saxena,P.C.and Tara Kanitkar Demographic and socio-economic aspects of the child in India. Himalaya Publishing House,1979.
  • Annual Reports of MWCD, India


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