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A Gender Atlas of India is a seminal body of work which comprehensively maps and grades India's performance from 2001 to 2016 on issues of concern for women. Taking into account 8 overall indicators and 28 sub-indicators, it looks at how India is performing on various aspects, including sex ratio, women's education, employment, health, political participation and representation; and prevention of crimes against women. Unlike previous attempts, this book examines the change in India's performance over a 15-year period, compares the situation of women in India to that in its neighborhood and internationally, and rates each Indian state and union territory individually. The findings in this book are both provocative and incentivizing for policymakers—they show that where the central and state governments share concerns India's ...

Sex Ratio: Arresting the Decline
Sex ratio: Arresting the decline

Illustration 1.1 Sex Ratio: Arresting the Decline
Illustration 1.1

Source: CIA World Factbook(2014, Estimates).

India's Sex Ratio: Arresting the Decline

India's sex ratio: 943, CSR: 919 (2011)

World sex ratio: 9841 (2011)

Asia-Pacific sex ratio: 9612 (2011)

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A country's sex ratio is generally taken to be a key indicator of the value of women in its society, since it tells us how many women survive in relation to men. The more equal the sex ratio, the better the status of women. As the map in Illustration 1.1 shows, India's sex ratio is far below the world sex ratio of 984, and is one of the lowest in South Asia. Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan all have much higher ...

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