India ranks 135 out of 146 in Gender Gap Index
- Gender Gap Index released by the World Economic Forum.
- Index is a part of The Global Gender Report, 2022.
- The Global Gender Report, 2022 says it will now take 132 years to reach gender parity.
- India ranks poorly among its neighbors and is behind Bangladesh (71), Nepal (96), Sri Lanka (110), Maldives (117) and Bhutan (126).
- Only the performance of Iran (143), Pakistan (145) and Afghanistan (146) was worse than India in South Asia.
- In 2021, India ranked 140 out of 156 nations.
- The Global Gender Gap Index benchmarks gender parity across four key dimensions or sub-indices — economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.
- It measures scores on a 0-to-100 scale, which can be interpreted as the distance covered towards parity or the percentage of the gender gap that has been closed.
- India ranks 146 in health and survival, 143 in economic participation and opportunity, 107 in educational attainment and 48 in political empowerment.
- The report notes that India’s score of 0.629 was its seventh-highest score in the past 16 years.
- India also “recovered” ground since 2021 in economic participation and opportunity, though the report goes on to add that the labor force participation shrunk for both men (by -9.5 percentage points) and women (-3 percentage points).
Source : The Hindu