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Mckinsey Global Institute says Gender inequality extremely high in work & politics in India

Published on June 26, 2018
The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) for the Asia-Pacific region released a report in which it said gender inequality in India is extremely high at the workplace and in terms of legal protection and political voice.

Facts from the report:

  • The report assessed inequality on the basis of a Gender Parity Score (GPS) that uses 15 indicators of gender equality in work and society.
  • With 1.0 signifying parity, India’s score was 0.30 in gender equality at work and 0.78 in legal protection and political voice.
  • The report finds India behind the Asia-Pacific average in all four broad categories, but ahead of Bangladesh and Pakistan.
  • However it pointed out that India has progressed faster than any other country in the Asia-Pacific region in the last 10 years, primarily due to advances in education and a reduction in maternal mortality.

A Silver Lining in the report:

  • Advancing women’s equality in the countries of Asia Pacific, could add $4.5 trillion to their collective GDP annually in 2025, a 12% increase over a business-as-usual GDP trajectory.
  • This presumes a best-in-region scenario in which each country matches the rate of progress of the fastest-improving country in its region — China in the case of the Asia-Pacific. If this were achieved, India would add $770 billion in 2025 over and above its business-as-usual GDP, it says.

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