In­dia’s women work­force no match to neigh­bours’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Su­bodh.Varma @times­group.com

In­dian women are grad­u­ally fall­ing off the job map. A re­cent World Bank pa­per shows that while the fe­male work­force is ris­ing in most parts of the world, it is slid­ing in In­dia. Just 27% of work­ing age women were em­ployed in 2015-2016. Now, com­pare this to Nepal, where women labour force em­ploy­ment is 79.9%; in Bangladesh it is 57.4%, still miles ahead of us. Only Pak­istan at 24.6% has a lower rate.

Whether mar­ried or un­mar­ried, whether dalit, adi­vasi or up­per caste, whether il­lit­er­ate or col­lege grad­u­ate — women of all kind in In­dia were in­creas­ingly not work­ing.

What about other coun­tries? Apart from parts of the Arab world, ev­ery­where else more women are work­ing. China, with its pow­er­house econ­omy, has 64% of its women work­ing, one of the high­est rates in the world. In the US, it is over 56%.

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