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Access to Cash Economy Top Priority for India’s Rural Women, Note Speakers at ‘Ideal Village’ Conference

“Empowerment of Women” was the theme of the third annual 2018 Ideal Village conference recently held at Stanford University. The topics addressed included gender inequality, and the dearth of healthcare, education, safety, a decent livelihood and leadership opportunities.

Those at the event included industry leaders, academicians, investors, and representatives of non-governmental organizations and like-minded groups.

Sundar Kamath, a member of the Science for Society and one of the organizers of the conference, told India-West on the sidelines: “So many of us work in tech all our lives, but we are benefitting only the urban middle class.”

“On the other side are billions of people without access to the basics,” said the Indian American social impactor, adding: “The ‘Ideal Village’ concept was created with the goal of self-sustainability, employing holistic solutions to address a myriad of issues.”

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