Topic: GS3 – gender equality
- India’s goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy requires the inclusion of women in the workforce.
Hurdles to women empowerment:
- Unpaid care work, primarily done by women, is not adequately recognized or valued in economic terms.
- Women face the “double burden” of working outside the home while still managing household responsibilities.
- Women’s unpaid work contributes significantly to the GDP, yet it remains invisible in official statistics.
- Governments should change how they value and account for women’s labor in GDP calculations and policies.
- Supporting women working outside the home is essential, especially in low-income families.
- Lack of support for working women is not accurately reflected in data due to irregular work patterns.
- Childcare services like creches can enable women to work full-time and need expansion to reach urban areas.
- India’s women’s labor force participation rate is lower compared to other countries in the region, necessitating action to dispel myths and provide adequate support for women in the workforce.