Participation of women in the economy sliding

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UN gender report 2022 shows, it will take 140 years more for women to get equal representation in the workplace.  

The World Bank data shows the number of women taking part in paid work dropped from 32 percent in 2005 to 19.2 percent in 2021. 

Pooja Rathi, team leader at Excel Dynamic said, “In this time of inflation and recession lack of opportunity is one of the reasons why the number has decreased so much. A lot of women also choose not to work after they get married or have children.”

She continues, “government is providing enough opportunities for women to join the labour force but they should be educated enough to avail the options.”

United Nations Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2022 report states that it will take 140 years more for women to get equal representation in leadership roles in the workplace.

Tripti Verma, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Study At Home private limited said, “Woman’s representation plays an important role in every society. When we hire educational counsellors, we only hire women. A working woman always reinvests in the community.”

The number of women participating in paid work is dropping significantly.

Oxfam India’s, India discrimination report 2022 shows, even if the man and women start on the same footing, women will lag in terms of salaries and positions.“The inequality in the labour market for gender and other social categories, the report finds is not just due to poor access to education or work experience but because of discrimination,” said Amitabh Behar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oxfam India. 

Dr. Sudeshna Mukherjee, professor of women’s studies at Bangalore University said, “Government schemes and laws will not help if we do not change the society’s narrative. When we are having conversations about gender parity, men should be included more.”

She added, “If we are not utilising women with good educational backgrounds in our workplaces then it is our country’s loss.”

Dr. Parvathamma G.L, professor of economics at Bangalore University said, “Everyone should be given equal opportunity. Unorganised women labour forces suffered the most because of COVID. Woman labour force plays a big role in counties economy. ”

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