Gender inequality is a global concern and requires as much attention. Mechanisms must be promoted to address these issues and policies must be established to abolish gender inequalities in the workplace. To take steps to better work●life policies for wome
While speaking at the conference, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development said,
India has taken a lead role in gender budgeting in the world. However, efforts are required for training and skill up-gradation ofwomen in traditional, new and emerging areas to promote women's employment in both organisedj unorganised sectors including entrepreneurial development." Implementation of suitable strategies and women friendly laws will ensure that women have equal opportunities to enter and enjoy decent work in a just and favourable environment, including fair and equal wages, social security measures, and occupational safety and health measures.
Gender equality is critical for the development of any country. Removing barriers that prevent women from having the same access as men to education, economic opportunities and productive inputs have led to board productivity gains, which are all the more important in a more competitive and globalised world today, he added.
India has been ranked 87 out of 144 countries on the latest World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report 2016. But in the economic sphere, much work remains to be done as India
ranks 136in this pillar out of 144 countries, said Mr. Srivastava.
The progress toward gender equality in respect of participation in economic activities seems to have stalled. In 2011, the workforce participation rate at all India level was 25.51% for women as compared to 53.26% for men. While there was no urban-rural gap for males (53%), there was considerable rural-urban gap for females, where workforce participation rate for rural women stood at 30% as against only 15.4% for urban women.
Women form an integral part of the Indian workforce. They need to be equal partners in the society for them to be equal participants in work. Women have to contend with discriminatory laws, institutions and attitudes that restrict their leadership and full participation in public life. Women are also disadvantaged by unequal access to the resources needed to become effective leaders. All the corporate and governmental initiatives can be a success only when we succeed in changing the deep-rooted mind sets about the role of women at work. But the mind-set is changing. Gender diversity is gaining momentum as people think inclusive workplace creates more growth opportunities and supports progress.
Ms Krishna Raj, Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India informed that October 15th shall be observed as Women Farmer's Day. She said, "women can make enormous contributions to economies,whether inbusinesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home."