At 135th, India ranks lowest in the world for gender parity
India’s overall ranking for achieving gender parity remained at a low 135, out of 146 countries, although it jumped five places, the Economic Forum’s 2022 Gender Gap Report showed. World (WEF). Iceland retained its place as the most equal country in the world, followed by Finland, Norway, New Zealand and Sweden, according to the report.
The cost of living crisis is set to hit women the hardest globally with a widening gender gap in the workforce, the WEF has warned, adding it will take another 132 years to close the gender gap . The pandemic, he noted, set gender parity back by a generation and a weak recovery was worsening it globally.
Regarding India, the WEF said the gender gap score recorded its seventh highest level in the past 16 years, but it continues to rank among the worst performers on various metrics. “With a female population of around 662 million, India’s level of achievement weighs heavily on regional rankings,” he said.
When it comes to the health and survival sub-index, India ranks 146th and is among five countries with gender gaps above 5%. However, India was ranked first in the world in terms of gender parity for enrollment in primary education and enrollment in tertiary education and eighth in the position of head of state .
India’s global gender gap score has fluctuated between 0.593 and 0.683 since the index was first compiled. However, while it has shown better performance in the areas of economic participation and opportunity, labor market participation has declined for both men and women since 2021.
The share of women legislators, senior civil servants and executives increased from 14.6% to 17.6%, and the share of women among professional and technical workers increased from 29.2% to 32.9%.
The gender parity score for estimated earned income has improved; while the values for both males and females decreased, they decreased more for males. head of state for 50 years.
In South Asia, India was ranked sixth in overall score after Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan. Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan performed less well than India.