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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 ...

Education: Progress at the Base
Education: Progress at the base

Illustration 3.1 Education: Righting the Bias
Illustration 3.1

Source: CIA World Factbook (various years; 2000–11).

Women's Education: Progress at the Base1

India's female literacy rate: 64.6 (2011)

World female literacy rate: 79.7 (2010)2

Grade:D- (Fail)
Change:C+ (Pass)

Data on women's education is relatively sparse and patchy. While state-wise figures are available on literacy and schooling, there is little material available on graduate and postgraduate levels. As the most comprehensive data is on literacy, which is also the most comparable state-wise since it was collected under federal supervision, the education scorecard has focused on literacy. Inevitably, this limits the scope of the scorecard. In order to redress this imbalance, this chapter factors in school enrolment and dropout rates, and where information was available on ...

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