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Global gender index: India mounted to 108th position

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India has improved its position in World Economic Forum (WEF) Global gender index (up from 114 of the 142 countries in 2014) with a score of 0.664.

  • India has been ranked at 108th position out of 145 countries.
  • India ranks among the most improved countries in the region in terms of political representation.

Global gender index - India mounted to 108th positionTop 10 performers

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India’s ranking in different fields
Women in the workforce – India fell five places and ranked at 139th out of 145 countries.
Health and survival sub-index – Placed at 143rd out of 145, just ahead of China and Albania
Sex ratio at birth143rd, ahead only of China and Armenia
Educational attainment – Marginally improvement with one place from 126th rank in 2014 to 125th in 2015
Female to male ratio – India’s labour force participation is 0.35 compared to 0.36 last year.
Income disparityWomen earning an estimated average of $2,257 per year compared with $9,175 for men.


Reason behind improvement in overall ranking
There are more women in positions of political leadership jumping from 9% to 22% in the cabinet. PM Narendra Modi’s cabinet has six women ministers.

  • The 16th Lok Sabha also saw a rise in the number of women parliamentarians from 4% to 12.15%.


Women ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
  • Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla
  • Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani
  • Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi

Women CMs

  • Anandi Ben in Gujarat
  • J Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu
  • Vasundhara Raje in Rajasthan
  • Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal