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India’s poor performance on the Global Gender Gap report card hints at a serious wake-up call and learning lessons from the Nordic region for the government and policymakers. Analyse.

Topic: Social empowerment

2. India’s poor performance on the Global Gender Gap report card hints at a serious wake-up call and learning lessons from the Nordic region for the government and policymakers. Analyse. (250 words)

Reference:  Financial Express

Why the question:

The article explains the findings of the global gender gap report.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the learning lessons from the Nordic region for the government and policymakers of our country to address the gender gap.

Directive:

AnalyzeWhen asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

India has slid 28 spots to rank at 140 among 156 countries on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap index.

Body:

Explain the status of women in our society; Gender equality at the workplace has remained elusive. Early projections from the ILO suggest that 5% of all employed women lost their jobs, compared with 3.9% of employed men. Women represent just 27% of all manager positions. The share of women in professional and technical roles declined further to 29.2%. Indeed, the estimated earned income of women in India was one-fifth of men’s earning.

Amidst such statistics, the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland) have long been rewriting gender parity norms as they have taken root at the top of the global rankings. They explicitly support gender equality at work, at home, and in public. It’s time for India to learn from Nordic countries’ forward-looking initiatives leading to a developed welfare state.

Suggest what policy makers and government should do to address these challenges.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.