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Thursday, 20-June-2019

India improves its Gender Gap Index

India has improved its rank this year moving 21 positions up from 108 last year to 87 this year.

World Economic Forum comes out with Global Gender Gap Report every year, where it ranks the countries based on four parameters- economic participation and opportunity , educational attainment , political empowerment , health and survival.

According to a report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday, India performed best in the neighboring countries except Bangladesh at the 72nd position. Other nearby countries such as Pakistan stood at 143 just above the last positioned Yemen in the 144 country wide study while Sri Lanka stands at 100, Nepal at 110, the Maldives at 115 and Bhutan at 121.

The countries with lower ranking than India in this category include Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Slightly better in the field of women's education, India is at the 113th position, while in political participation of women; it stands at the 9th rank.

The Global Gender Report by WEF said India had reported "progress this year on closing the gender gap with regard to wage equality and across all indicators of the Educational Attainment sub-index, fully closing its primary and secondary education enrolment gender gaps".

However, it also sees some regression on women's estimated earned income as the country continues to rank third-lowest in the world on Health and Survival, remaining the world's least-improved country on this sub-index over the past decade.

The report also said that the economic gender gap this year has reverted back to where it stood in 2008, after a peak in 2013. Progress towards parity in the key economic pillar of gender has slowed dramatically with the gap -- which stands at 59 percent -- now larger than at any point since 2008.