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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 ...

Access to Decision-making
Access to decision-making

Illustration 5.1 Access to Decision-making
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Sources: “Women in Business: The Path to Leadership.” Women in Persons in Senior Management Chart: Grant Thornton International Business Report (2015). Available at: http://www.grantthornton.global/globalassets/insights/ibr/ibr2015_wib_report_final.pdf; Female Decision Makers in All India Services Chart, Ministry of External Affairs (2014); NFHS-3 (2005–06, Table 14.5); NFHS-3 (2005–06, Table 14.5).

Women in Decision-Making
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It is a truism that India appoints women to positions of high political power—prime minister, for example—but the proportion of women in decision-making is comparatively low, both in government and in industry.

This truism holds today, but with important qualifications. While the proportion of women in senior positions is indeed comparatively low in both government and industry, it has increased in the sphere of political decisionmaking, numerically ...

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