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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 ...

Women at Work
Women at work

Illustration 6.1 Women in Employment
Illustration 6.1

Source: Report on Employment and Unemployment Survey.

Current Performance GradeE+
Rate of Change GradeD

As Chapter 5 on women in decision-making showed, the number of women in senior positions in government and industry are so low as to cause concern to policymakers. They are. however, slowly rising. By contrast, the figures for women in the labor force have sunk over the past century as traditional manufacturing sectors such as textiles have declined, though they have improved slightly over the past decade. India's FLFPR is almost half that of the world average, at 25.8 as compared to 50.2 percent.

India performs poorly within its region too. As Chart 6.1 shows, Pakistan and Afghanistan, with FLFPRs in 2013 of 250 and ...

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