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.
Top 10 performers
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 birth – 143rd, 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 disparity – Women 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
- Anandi Ben in Gujarat
- J Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu
- Vasundhara Raje in Rajasthan
- Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal