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Title:Women empowered: The Purkal Project – weaving the fibers of transformation through education and entrepreneurship in rural northern India
Author(s):Dimopoulos, Carol A.
Director of Research:Witt, Allison
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Witt, Allison
Doctoral Committee Member(s):McCarthy, Cameron; Pak, Yoon; Kang, Hyun-Sook
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ed.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):women’s empowerment
social intervention
feminism
Abstract:In this paper, the researcher presents the findings of this original qualitative study on the human experience of the participants of The Purkal Project, change-makers in social innovation that provide free, world-class education and vocational development in an economically challenged rural community in the Himalayan region of Northern India. In this paper, the researcher explored the history of the conditions of poverty for women in India, reviewed the development of the Purkal Project, and shared personal perspectives from participants. Societal engagement through family and education are core fundamentals of development and community empowerment; however, social conditions exist which contribute to and perpetuate women’s state of poverty in this region. The researcher addressed the unprecedented challenges to the international research process, as well as the effect on the Purkal Project’s participants, based on the lockdown conditions created by the COVID-19 global pandemic. An examination of these past and present conditions was essential before presenting the participants’ stories to determine their perception regarding social intervention projects, which can have a lasting impact on societal development in rural Northern India. Changes in rural societies must begin with the examination of women's status, which is related to other components of development that benefit children and society, as well as oppositional factors which could impede women’s agency. The purpose of this study was to explore the history of the conditions that created and continue to perpetuate the feminization of poverty. The researcher also examined participants’ perspective on the effect of the Purkal Project as a social intervention which has developed sustainable methods of poverty alleviation, thereby encouraging agency and empowerment for women and their families in economically challenged rural communities in the Himalayan region of Northern India.
Issue Date:2020-11-25
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/109383
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Carol Dimopoulos
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-05
Date Deposited:2020-12


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