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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Ageing India May See a Rise in Number of Widows: WHO", by Kounteya Sinha (excerpt)

"Ageing India May See a Rise in Number of Widows: WHO", by Kounteya Sinha, The Times of India, April 3, 2012, India.

Dr Nata Menabde said: "Being a male-dominated society and given the fact that women in India rely on their husbands for the provision of economic resources and social status, a large percentage of older women are at risk of dependency, isolation, and/or dire poverty and neglect."

..."The Registrar General of India's latest data from the Sample Registration System, 2010, had found that the percentage of women in the age bracket of 60 years and above is higher in 17 out of the 20 large states.

Dr Menabde said that a further consequence of differential life expectancy "is that there are more women especially among the oldest old, those 85 years and above. Given that disability rates rise with age, this means that there are substantially number of older women than older men living with disabilities."

WHO says that women have higher chances of getting excluded from various social security programmes due to lower literacy and gender issues.

"Women's labour in developing countries is concentrated in the informal, agricultural and service sectors. Older women have less access to social protection such as health insurance, which has a cumulative negative effect over a woman's lifespan and can seriously affect their health in old age," Dr Menabde added."...


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