Gender Equality

About the goals

India’s commitment towards undertaking reforms to ensure gender equality is reflected in the number of legislations for ensuring equal opportunities and dignity of life for women.

Why is it important and what is the current scenario?

Women and girls in India experience inequalities in access to healthcare, education, nutrition, employment and asset ownership. Decision making at home and in public sphere is another area women lag behind. This is reflected in indicators such as child (0-6 years) sex ratio which was 919 females per 1000 males in 2011 declining from 927 females per 100 males in 2001.Women continue to lag behind in education as is reflected in the literacy rate for women being 65% compared to 82% for males in 2011.

Concerned efforts are being made towards eliminating gender inequality by focusing on education of the girl child, providing access to health care facilities to girls and women, and ensuring access to livelihood opportunities.

India’s commitment towards undertaking reforms to ensure gender equality is reflected in the number of legislations for ensuring equal opportunities and dignity of life for women.