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India ranked 140 of 156 countries in WEF’s global gender gap report

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    1st Apr, 2021


India has been one of the worst performers in South Asia and has fallen 28 places in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021.

About the Global Gender Gap Report

  • The Reportwas first published in 2006 by the World Economic Forum.
  • It is an index that is designed to measure gender equality.
  • The report examines four overall areas of inequality between men and women-
    • Economic participation and opportunity
    • Educational attainment
    • Political empowerment
    • Health and survival

Findings of the Report, 2021

  • India has ranked 140 out of 156 countries. It has slipped to 28 places from the last year.
    • India has declined on the political empowerment index as wellin the number of women ministers.
    • India has performed worst on the indices of ‘Health and Survival’ and ‘Economic participation and Opportunity’ also.
    • It has performed relatively well in women’s participation in politics and ranked 51.
    • In the index of education attainment India has ranked at 114.
  • Iceland continued to topthe index in 2021 which is followed by Finland and Norway.
  • The countries with the largest gender gaps in economic participation are Iran,Iraq, India, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan.
  • South Asia has been one of the worst-performing regions followed by the Middle East and northern Africa.