MADDURU, India — As India’s government pushes for women’s empowerment and an overhaul of its education system, one key goal of the government is to boost its economy and keep its women in the workforce.
But the federal investment in women’s employment programs will likely be a “socially divisive issue,” said Ankit Singh, the director of the Women and Social Justice Program at the University of Chicago.
The government has spent $1 billion on a slew of programs to support women in India, but there has been little attention paid to the impact of these programs on women, he said.
“The focus is on women who are employed and they are not getting any of the economic benefits,” Singh said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made his desire for more women in government a central plank of his re-election campaign.
His government has also announced a number of initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality, including an ambitious plan to boost women’s participation in the labor market by 2030.
While the government has focused on women in its education efforts, the U.S. is taking a different approach.
U.S.-India ties have been strained by a series of U.N. sanctions and other measures that have imposed curbs on American investment.
The U.K. announced in September that it would cut off U.F.O. travel to India and India will not participate in the World Cup, an annual sporting event in which millions of fans from around the world attend games.
The U.A.E. is also taking a hard line on its policies toward India, which it accuses of supporting terrorism and has accused of supporting human trafficking.
India says it has not been implicated in human trafficking but the U of A.E., which has accused India of trafficking children, has been criticized for its silence.
India also has a history of violent incidents between the two countries, including a 2014 attack on a bus that killed six people in southern India.
India is the most populous nation in South Asia and is home to about 12 million people.
But the government, which is grappling with a slowing economy and soaring unemployment, is struggling to attract foreign investors.
Indian-born U.R.G.S., a major Indian conglomerate that owns a majority stake in India’s biggest banks, said last month that it plans to cut the size of its board of directors in order to focus on its core business.
Upholding economic growth and providing affordable housing have become Modi’s top priorities.
But Singh said the U, A.S..
and other governments need to address the root causes of inequality, which include unequal levels of education, health care, job security and housing.
“I think the U., A.R., and the U-S.
are doing very little on the issue,” Singh told CBS News.
India’s government is already struggling to balance its budget and has been cutting public spending.
It has also imposed curfews and imposed tariffs on goods imported from the U