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Goa ranks top, Bihar at bottom of Gender Vulnerability Index

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Goa ranked at top and Bihar featured at the lowest in the first ever Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) released by child rights organisation ‘Plan India’. GVI provides information on nature and magnitude of various problems affecting children, particularly girls, in difficult circumstances.

About Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI):

Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) has been compiled by ‘Plan India’ a non-government organisation and was released by Union Women and Child Development Ministry on November 1, 2017.

  • In GVI, states have been assessed and given scores on 170 indicator placed under four broad parameters — education, health, poverty and protection against violence.
  • Scores are on a scale of zero to one. Higher score reflects better performance.
  • Information provided in GVI report will assist policy makers to identify priority areas.
  • As gender vulnerability scores of different districts of the same state may be significantly higher or lower as compared to state’s average, ‘Plan India’ will also come up with further breakdown of this index at district level to reflect a more precise scenario.

Highlights of Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) Report:

Goa has topped the index with a GVI score of 0.656, whereas Bihar is at the bottom of the table with a GVI score of 0.410Goa ranks top, Bihar at bottom of Gender Vulnerability Index

  • National average GVI score is 0.5314.
  • On parameter of ‘Education’, Himachal Pradesh topped the list, whereas Delhi was placed at the bottom.
  • Kerala has been adjudged as the best state on ‘Health’ parameter, while Bihar ranked as the worst state.
  • On parameter of ‘Poverty’, Manipur, Mizoram and Tamil Nadu are the top three states. On this parameter also Bihar was placed at bottom
  • In terms of ‘Protection against violence’, Goa emerged as the best state while Uttar Pradesh stood at bottom as worst performer.

Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) Score – Top 5 States

State GVI Score
Goa 0.649
Kerala 0.625
Mizoram 0.620
Sikkim 0.604857
Manipur 0.60374