India ranks 148 in representation of women in government: Report released by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women says that India ranks 148th position globally regarding the representation of women in executive government.

India ranks 148 in representation of women in Government

The data published in the report with the sidelines of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women. A total of 227 countries were analyzed in the survey. Out of which India ranks 148th position in the representation of women in executive Government.

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Report about the Women in Politics 2017 Map showed that women make up only 11.8 percent (64 MPs) of the 542-member Lok Sabha and 11 percent (27) of the 245-member Rajya Sabha.

The report stated that the number of women in executive government and Parliament worldwide has stagnated, with only a marginal improvement since 2015. The head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, called for the reservation for women in lawmaking bodies across the world.

Regarding women ministers, India ranks 88 with only five ministers (18.5 percent) in the cabinet. This level of gender representation among ministers is better than the Asian average of 11%. But far worse than the leader of the table, Indonesia, which gives 25.6% of its ministerial positions to women.

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In Europe, the total percentage of women lawmakers stood at 22.5 percent. Among the Arab States, 9.7 percent of senior executive posts are for women. This is led by Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, at 23.1 percent and 26.7 percent, respectively.

These developments show that progress in gender equality remains slow in all structures of power and types of decision-making. A common theme throughout the Commission has been the gender pay gap. Women receive 77 cents on an average for every one dollar earned by a man. The theme this year is on women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

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