India has often been compared with the nations with the worst record on gender equality where a lot of focus is on the ‘patriarchy’ but this report by Pew research proves that an overwhelming percentage of Indians stand for equal rights!
In fact, after Australia, it is India where a 71% of total respondent voted for equal rights. In Australia, roughly 9/10 respondents held the view that gender equality is important.
With this India stands with the top nations o gender equality, even surpassing developed nations:
Pew research gives the following findings on gender equality:
The research also states that “only about half of those in Africa (a median of 50%) and the Middle East (a median of 48%) said equal rights for women are particularly important. People in Burkina Faso (31%) and Senegal (39%) placed the least importance on gender equality. In fact, roughly a quarter in each country said it is not important at all that women have the same rights as men.”
Led by Australia and India, the Asia-Pacific was able to reach up to 60% of approval for equal rights for women otherwise in the Middle East this was low as 48%!
In a study titled “Number of women leaders around the world has grown, but they’re still a small group” Pew research also mentions Indira Gandhi, one of India’s strongest Prime Minister ever in its report.
It states that when Indira Gandhi became the first and, to date, only female Prime Minister of India in 1966, just one modern-day country – Mongolia – had previously seen a woman in power.
Meanwhile, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee presented Nari Shakti Puruskars for the year 2016 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (March 8, 2017) on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
He also called for a greater emphasis on early sensitization of children and youth in schools and institutions of higher learning would help inculcate due respect for the female gender.
By Namta Gupta