9 Shocking Facts About Working Women In India You Must Know
Despite rapid economic growth and the slowly changing mindset of the society towards women in India, the participation of women in India’s workforce presents a gloomy picture.
According to World Economic Forum, India stands at 124th position out of 136 countries, when it comes to women’s economic participation. NSSO data reveals that female labour force participation declined from 40% in the mid -1990s to a shocking 22.5% by 2012.
While the major causes of the startling issue point towards a series of issues ranging from family commitments, vulnerability at workplace, disparity in wages; here are some of the stunning statistics regarding the current scenario of women employment in India:
1. Women make up only 4.7% of India’s corporate directors, even when surveys show that companies with more representation of women in the boardroom performed better.
2. Only 4% of senior management positions in the corporate sector are held by women, much less than the Asian average of 11%.
3. India is ranked at 116 out of 189 countries when it comes to representation of women in the parliament, with women holding just 11% of the total parliamentary seats.
4. A Monster India salary survey revealed women in India are paid much lesser than men for the same job. While a man earns Rs 259.80 per hour, their female colleagues earn just Rs 190.50.
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5. Delhi has the lowest proportion of working women among major Indian cities at just 10.6%, whereas Bengaluru and Coimbatore top the charts with 25% of women in the workforce.
6. There are only 3 female IAS officers for every 20 male IAS officers with Bihar and UP churning out nearly one-fourth of the total number. Source
7. Women form nearly 4% of the Indian Armed Forces, which is among the lowest in the world.
8. Only 1% of the total female workforce in India are employed in Indian state and central governments and the agencies affiliated with them.
9. Sexual harassment at workplace is showing an increasing trend with over 526 cases filed in India last year, up from 170 in 2011.
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