India 113th on gender gap index, 125th in eco arena

India 113th on gender gap index, 125th in eco arena

New Delhi: India figures among 20 countries in the world where the gender gap is the widest and stands sixth in economic inequality between men and women, according to the World Economic Forum.

The ‘Global Gender Gap Report 2008’, released by the Geneva-based organization on Wednesday, ranked India at 113th position among 130 countries in the list.

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Norway achieved the highest ranking followed by Finland and Sweden, with all three countries scoring more than 80%.

“Globally, progress has been made on narrowing the gaps in educational attainment, political empowerment and economic participation, while the gap in health has widened," the forum said.

The rankings are based on four parameters—economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political empowerment, and health and survival.

The report shows how equally the sexes are represented and compensated at the workplace and in government, as well as gauging access to schools, universities and medical care.

India ranked 125th in terms of economic participation and opportunity, 116th in educational attainment, 25th in terms of political empowerment and 128th in health and survival.

In its overall ranking, the country is ranked lowest among the four Bric (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries.

China jumped 17 places to 57th rank this year on the back of narrowing gender gaps in education attainment, economic and political participation. Russia and Brazil are placed at the 42nd and 73rd positions, respectively.

(‘Bloomberg’ contributed to this story.)

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