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Striving for Financial Inclusion: Need Women-Friendly Ecosystem

In India, one half of the population i.e.women contribute enormously, whether it is in the formal sector or the informal sector or unpaid care work. It’s almost a thankless job for women in the family, not credited appropriately financially. Even after 75 years of independence, they still remain on the threshold of economic inclusion.This too is a sort of violence against women and this needs to be tackled. Someshwar Dutta Bajpai writes about what needs to be done to better financial inclusion of women in the country.


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