My presentation will be based on my two new books: The Girls Ate Last and Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective at the Melbourne South Asian Group on Friday 22 November, at the Australia India Institute, 147-149 Barry Street, Carlton, at 5.15 pm.
The first perspective is a personal one published in the book The Girls Ate Last. It is based on my mother’s story, 1911-1996. Girls were expected to eat last after the men and boys, and were often given only a few years of schooling. It is a story of women that is still repeated. With a Year 8 education, my mother turned the Partition of India into a personal victory. Having to seek employment in Delhi, she educated herself one step at a time, as her marriage and home disintegrated, to become the founding principal of three women’s colleges.
The second related picture is in Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective. It is a story of globalization but also a story of the absence of women from the headlines, from financial inclusion, access to technology and from wealth. Women are half the world’s population, do most of the work, produce half the food in the world, earn 10 percent of the income and own one percent of the property. A gender focus to poverty and exclusion is increasingly becoming important. But gender and empowerment remains a story still to be told.