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Global Gender Gap Report, India spots to 127

A positive development, demonstrating some progress towards gender parity, is India’s rise of eight positions in the Global Gender Gap Index.

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In the 2023 Gender Gap Report by WEF, India has shown progress, moving up eight places to rank 127 out of 146 countries in terms of gender parity.

What is the Global Gender Gap Index?

The World Economic Forum introduced a benchmark indicator called the Global Gender Gap indicator in 2006. It compares the gains made by different countries in four main aspects of gender parity and equality. These four dimensions include political empowerment, health and survival, educational attainment, and economic participation and opportunity.

India’s Performance

India has made significant progress towards gender parity. India moved up 1.4 percentage points and eight ranks from the previous year, moving up to 127th place out of 146 nations. In the 2022 edition, India held the 135th rank, but the nation has reduced overall gender disparity by 64.3%.

Economic Participation and Opportunity

India continues to fall behind in terms of economic opportunity and participation, notwithstanding its advancements. Only 36.7% of the workforce in this field is gender-balanced. To reduce this gap and give women additional employment possibilities, efforts are required.

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 Local Governance

India has attained a representation rate of 44.4% for women in local governance. Credit for bringing up the matter at the World Economic Forum goes to Smriti Irani, the minister responsible for the development of women and children.

Sex Ratio and Skewed Sex Ratios

India has made modest progress in achieving gender parity, with a 1.9 percentage point increase in the sex ratio at birth. However, skewed sex ratios at birth persist in India, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, and China, affecting their scores on the health and survival sub-index.

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