It highlights the importance of counting correctly for ensuring the understanding of, as well as building justice for women.
The book contains a collection of essays on women in poor households with a focus on a number of issues that range from viewing health and the specific distribution of nutrition within households to the methodology of their measurement, and the external attitudes and perceptions that enhance this discrimination. The book aims at high lighting the fact that the existing methodology of measuring both the produce of women as also its distribution is inadequate. It also attempts to quantify the extent of the sex-wise inequalities within a household in distribution of consumption resources and in the devolution of responsibilities.
The main conclusions that emerge from the paper are:
a) that all surveys have an implicit value base which needs to be explicitly stated as a preamble to the surveys;
b) that household surveys should take note of the interests of women and children and provide for appropriate investigations and appropriate tabulations by age and sex;
c) that the schedules should be so designed as to capture the processes, systems and conditions of the people of these, as yet agricultural and tradition-bound societies, and investigate in particular women's participation in developmental programmes and the benefits derived there from:
d) that in order to probe the pattern of work and leisure among women, time disposition studies be undertaken with the aid of appropriate schedules that would accurately capture the patterns and the regional variations therein: and
e) that wherever necessary, female investigators be used for the collection of data from women or matters concerning them.