EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : A global alliance to bridge the gender equity gap – INSIGHTSIAS




Source: The Hindu


  • Prelims: Women reservation, Parliament, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Census, delimitation, Urimai Thogai scheme etc
  • Mains GS Paper I & II: Social empowerment, development and management of social sectors/services related to Education and women empowerment etc


  • At the World Economic Forum, India launched the ‘Alliance for Global Good – Gender Equity and Equality’.




Gender Equality:

  • It refers to equal rights, and opportunities for everyone, regardless of their gender.
  • It is a recognition that every being is equal and deserves equal respect.
  • Gender parity is a statistical measure that provides a numerical value of female-to-male or girl-to-boy ratio for indicators such as income or education.


India’s development on gender Equality:

The New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration:

  • It was adopted at the G-20 under India’s presidency,
  • It prioritizes inclusion with focus areas such as:
    • socio-economic empowerment
    • bridging the digital divide
    • driving climate action
    • ensuring food security
    • nutrition
    • health, and well-being.
  • The declaration underlines the need for advocating a growth agenda that is driven by women-led development.

Steps by the government:

  • The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill ensuring reservation of a third of seats for women in Parliament and the State Assemblies,
  • Allocations of nearly $27 billion under the gender budget in 2023-24 are a manifestation of the commitment of the government to advancing women-led development.
  • Increase in India’s female labor force participation rate, from 3% in 2017-18 to 37% in 2022-23 (data from the annual Periodic Labour Force Surveys).
  • Female enrolment in higher education has gone up by 28% in the last 10 years.
  • In terms of enrolment in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) courses, the share of women is a significant 43%(which is one of the highest enrolment rates in the world).

India and globe :

  • We-Lead Lounge: It was set up by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Confederation of Indian Industry at Davos:
    • It saw global interest and curiosity.
    • It served as a platform to have many meaningful deliberations around how the world can contribute, join, and drive inclusive development.
  • The Alliance for Global Good – Gender Equity and Equality: It serves as a platform to channelise the resultant enthusiasm and intent into action at the global level.
    • The Alliance, anchored by the CII Centre for Women Leadership
    • It is guided by the Minister of Women and Child Development, Government of India and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    • It will have a global network of experts, think-tanks, industry and country leadership
    • The Alliance brings together stakeholders on a critical global development agenda.
  • India’s leadership in health and other areas is proven, gaining the label of “pharmacy of the world”.


Way Forward

  • For industry across the globe, this is an opportunity: to share some of the practices that India has developed to advance the entry and growth of women in the workspace
    • To invest in proven programmes and initiatives and enable them reach scale
    • To work collectively to make inclusion a business conversation.
  • It is an opportunity to learn and develop solutions with the global community consisting of industry, think tanks and investors to advance our commitment to increased engagement and leadership of women within the economy
    • Through increased access to health care, education opportunities and economic opportunities.
  • Given India’s abiding commitment to ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth, One Family, One Future’ and its continued efforts towards Sabka Saath, Sabka Prayas, Sabka Vikaas, this Alliance for Global Good – Gender Equity and Equality is poised to be a force to reckon with on all gender-related issues.


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