- UN report ” Cyber violence against women and girls” – 73% women reported facing violence online.
- Stalkers and abusers online take advantage of anonymity and are encouraged by viral nature of the online medium which provides instant fame.
- Gender Development Index: 132ndrank
- Gender Equality Index: 127th rank
- Suffers from one of the lowest sex ratios (940 in 2011) in South Asia
- Gender ratio on the electoral rolls: 800 (almost)
- Women representation increased from 4.4% in first Lok Sabha election in 1952 to 11.9% in the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014. Global average is 22.9%.
- On average, women are paid 34% less than men in India. This gender wage gap is highest in world.
The obstacles to political empowerment are mainly in three areas :
- Registration as voter,
- Actual participation in voting,
- Contesting as candidate
General elections of 2014 :
- Women’s turnout shot up from 55.82 to 65.63 per cent — a jump of nearly 20 per cent
- 16 states- Outnumbered their male counterparts
- Gender gap- Used to be higher than 10 per cent, came down to an all-time low of 1.46 per cent
Participation of women as candidates :
India is way behind more backward countries of South Asia; even conservative Muslim countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh have higher female representation
Breakthrough: The enactment of the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution in 1992
2009: The Union cabinet approved an increase in reservation for women from 33 to 50 per cent in Panchayati raj institutions
Bill for women’s reservation in legislatures: Been pending in Parliament
- NARI Portal: The NARI portal will provide information to women on issues affecting their lives.
- e-Samvad Portal: The MWCD also launched the portal to provide platform for NGOs and Civil Societies to interact with the ministry.