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World Bank Index on Life Cycle of Working Women

The article discusses India’s ranking in the World Bank Index of Working Women’s Life Cycle.

The World Bank Life Cycle of Working Women Index

  • It is a tool developed by the World Bank to measure and track the progress of women’s economic participation and opportunities over their lifetimes.
  • It is based on a set of indicators that measure factors such as laws and regulations affecting women’s employment, access to finance, and gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace.
  • The index is divided into three sections: Before beginning a job, During employment, and After employment.
  • Each category contains a set of indicators that assess the specific challenges and opportunities that women face at various stages of their careers.
  • The index’s goal is to provide data and insights to policymakers and stakeholders that can be used to inform policies and programmes aimed at improving women’s economic opportunities and outcomes.
  • The index is updated on a regular basis to track progress and identify areas where more action is required.

The performance of India

  • The World Bank Index on the Life Cycle of Working Women, which measures factors such as laws, regulations, and practises affecting women’s economic participation, gave India a score of 74.4 out of 100.
  • This score ranks India 140th out of 190 countries in the index.
  • Issues raised India has made progress in some areas, such as maternity benefits and anti-discrimination legislation.
  • There are still significant disparities in areas such as equal pay and financial access.
  • The report also emphasises the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s economic participation, with many women losing jobs and working fewer hours.

Important suggestions

  • The report concludes by making recommendations for actions that can be taken to improve women’s economic participation, such as expanding access to childcare.
  • Encouraging flexible working arrangements and
  • Addressing gender-based workplace violence and harassment
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