With infrastructural developments like metro being introduced in Jaipur; the lack of social developments in the city are disgraceful. Jaipur is not just the capital of Rajasthan; it is also the state’s biggest urban centre. It is because of this, that a report released recently has put the country to shame.


According to the 2011 consensus data, amongst 19.20 lakh women falling in the age group of 15-59 (as defined by the government of India), only 64,338 were employed in the organized sector. That means only 3% of all women in the working age were working as formal workers- the lowest number in all 7 dimensional headquarters.


Currently, 4.60 lakh men in Jaipur are employed in the private and the government sector together. This means that there is almost a difference of 4 lakh jobs between men and women. Apart from the 64,338 formally employed women, there are 4.4 lakh other women who are engaged in marginal and menial jobs that provide them employment for around 180 days in a year. There are another 2.9 lakh women who work similar jobs and find employment for less than 30 days in a year.


[Picture Courtesy: Empowering Communities]


One of the main reasons for this is a very strong patriarchal hold that exists in the urban society. Even with the literacy level of 64.3%, women are not able to grab employment opportunities available to them.


According to a report by the Times of India, a mass-communication graduate, Ankita Sharma has changed five jobs to suit her married life in the past two years. Travelling long distances, inconvenient working hours and household responsibilities have forced Sharma to make her career a second priority. She says, “Even if the family is cooperative, the mindset in most of the companies is such that they find women unfit to work barring fields like teaching. Another reason which puts us on the backfoot of taking up jobs in the outskirts is the sense of no security.”