India’s gender disconnect: Richer states have fewer women in the workforce

Date of Release: June 6th, 2014 Published in Political Indian As six Women Ministers took to work as part of the newly formed Cabinet and the Ministry for Women and Child Development was upgraded to cabinet rank, Swaniti Initiative, a Delhi based development consulting firm working with legislators, explored how the rest of India was doing in terms on issues of women’s empowerment. “We wanted to look at Female Workforce Participation as an indicator to assess the state of women,” said Shantanu Agarwal, head of data and analysis at Swaniti Initiative. Swaniti uncovered that the richest states in the country have some of the poorest female labour participation rates. Based on data available from 2001 to 2011, Swaniti analyzed inter-state trends in female Labour Participation Rates (LPR). “The goal was to see if a rich state as measured by GDP, is likely to have more female participation or less,” said Apoorv Tiwari, Research Associate working on Jigyasa, a user-friendly online platform created by Swaniti. The participation of women in our workforce nationally is low. Only 29% of the women in the age-group of 15-64 were willing to work in India in 2011, which is much lower than other major economies like China (64%), US (57%), and Japan (48%). According to Swaniti’s research, the 4 States with highest per-capita Net Domestic Product (NDP) in 2010-11 (at 2004-05 prices) were Goa, Maharashtra, Haryana and Gujarat, in that order. But these 4 States stood 21st, 16th, 26th and 22nd respectively out of 28 States in terms of female labour participation rates, 2011. Kerala ranked 6th on NDP and 23rd on labour participation,...

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Welcome to Jigyasa: A story of India told with data!

Dear Friends: It is with great excitement that we are launching Swaniti’s Governance Lab website, Jigyasa. Over the course of the past few years, as we have delved deeper in to the Fellowship we have realized how important it is to develop a program that focuses solely on developing a knowledge base. A turning point came for us when last year, one of our client’s expressed to us a strong desire to document all governmental initiatives applicable in his constituency. This conversation sparked the realization that we needed also bridge another gap. The knowledge gap. In the past few months we have worked to consolidate our learning through our case studies, document successful program models through big ideas, and innovate on new tools of monitoring and evaluation through our infographics. Now we want to bring these to you through our Jigyasa platform! Much of the work we are doing is pioneering and therefore we anticipate learning and improving as we move forward. For example, we are the first organization in India to create interactive infographics that bring together development indicators and governance. This site also marks the beginning for many more tools that we hope to introduce and knowledge pieces that we hope to continue publishing. For example, we are in the process of developing Governance tools, programs that will provide further information about developmental initiatives within the government. Also we hope to continue building on our Big Ideas section. As we move forward we would very much like to welcome any suggestions of feedback that you might have for us. We appreciate your support with Swaniti so far...