The stigma of gender discrimination in India is existent since time immemorial and till date, it continues to engulf our country, however, the picture has changed even if not much, but an ounce. There are a whole slew of factors supporting the flame of gender discrimination burn luminously. The plight is same both within the cubicle and beyond. Not yet are women on par with men, albeit women had outplayed men in quite a many dimensions. But the Gender Parity Score (GPS) for India still fetches India the bottom-most position in the list, for women could not yet cast away their secondary status hooked to their life, be it the field of education, health, politics, population, marriage and what not.
2015’s Mckisney Global Institute’s report (The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in India) is out and to our habitualness, India bagged a shoddy, GPS score of 0.48, earmarking itself as one of the low-lying country in the gender parity list. The list reflected a poignant juxtaposition between India and Western Europe and North America & Oceaia, whose’ GPS, in stark contrast with India, stood at 0.71 and 0.74 respectively.
The report’s data was evocative of India’s sprout of GDP by 0.7 trillion in 2025, if India ascends up significantly from what its GPS currently accounts to. Although a far-fetched truth, but MGI claims of India’s GDP to face an yearly rise of 1.4 per cent, if practiced is gender parity in both the arena of household and workplace.
“India’s share of women’s contribution to GDP is at 17 per cent, much lower than the global average of 37 per cent, and the lowest among all 10 regions in the world analysed by MGI,” McKinsey & Company India Director Rajat Gupta said.
The report also carved out a state-level Female Empowerment Index, or Femdex, for India. Femdex gauged gender parity state-wise and highlighted the five top-most and bottom-most states of India. Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh belonged to the un-elevated zone of the list while Mizoram, Kerala, Meghalaya, Goa, and Sikkim, elevated.
Lastly to wind up, that what could be inferred on analysing the report cues of 70 per cent rise in India’s GDP only if its female labour participation ups by 10 per cent, I.e, from 31 per cent now to 41 per cent in 2025. That bespeaks of 68 million new jobs for women in the next 10 years.
By Prerna Daga