India’s women workforce no match to neighbours’
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%.