Global Gender Gap

Takeaways from the Global Gender Gap Report 2020.

Sukhibhava, an NGO based in Bangalore, shared some takeaways from the recently released Global Gender Gap Report 2020. The organization aims to help women in urban and rural areas adopt better menstrual hygiene through awareness programs.

Photo Credit: Sukhibhava

At GiveHer5, we find it important to pay attention to news and updates that not only align with our objectives but also those that shine a light on topics and causes that are intersectional with what we stand for. Health and sanitation, poverty, access to water, access to menstrual care products, gender disparity, feminism and dispelling draconian taboos are a few of the many themes that could have an impact on menstrual awareness.  Each of these topics needs to be disseminated through our social channels to inform and educate our readers. 

Skim through the points below to get a gist of where we are at when it comes to closing the gender gap.

  • We will not see gender parity in this lifetime. Neither will our children. This was a grim observation of the Global Gender Gap Report 2020. 
  • Reaching gender parity will not happen for another 99.5 years. 
  • When it comes to the health and survival of women and girls in India, the country is at the bottom ranking at 150 out of 153 countries.  
  • At the 112th position on the overall Global Gender Gap Index, the country has closed two-thirds of the overall gender gap. Still, in the 31 fringes of Indian society, the condition of women is in a precarious state.  
  • Since the release of the previous report, India has dropped down in the ranks by four points as the countries who ranked lower than India previously have improved more.  
  • Since 2006, the economic gender gap has become significantly broader. From a study of 153 countries, India is the only one where the economic gender gap is more significant than the political gender gap. Women in India have one of the lowest participation rates in the world (145th) when it comes to working or looking for work.  
  • Women who earn an income only get 1/5th of male income which is also quite low in the world order in the 144th place.  
  • Women account for only 14% of leadership roles and 30% of professional and technical workers. 
  • India ranks in the 150th place when it comes to Health and Survival due to the sex ratio being so skewed at birth. For every 100 boys there only 91 girls born. 
  • Access to health remains pervasive thanks to violence, forced marriage and discrimination.  
  • With regards to gender gaps in education, the situation is more positive. The number of women attending school is systemically larger than that of men in primary to secondary education. 
  • But when it comes to the literacy rate, 82% of men are literate, and only 2/3 of women are literate in comparison to men. But this gap continues to reduce as of this past decade.  
  • In terms of political empowerment, India rank 18th in the world order. Though a woman ruled the country for 20 years in the past, today female political representation is low with women making up only 14.4% of the parliament and 23% of the cabinet.

These numbers leave much to be desired in contributing to closing the gender gap in many areas. Hopefully, we continue to see an improvement in the years to come and look forward to playing our ongoing part in making a difference (Visit to help us do so). 


You can read the entire Global Gender Gap Report 2020 here

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