Labour, Jobs and Employment – Harmonization of labour laws, gender gap, unemployment, etc.

Women employment rate in India sees dramatic drop in last 20 years


Mains Paper 1: Social issues | Role of women and women’s organization

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Not much

Mains level: The data in the article presents an important issue related to Indian Society.


World Bank report on Indian Women

  1. A team of economists from the World Bank released a report on the labour force participation of women in India
  2. Using data from the NSSO, this report shows that labour force participation rate of women in India has slipped dramatically in the last 20 years

Particulars of the report

  1. The drop has been most dramatic among women in rural India
  2. Research shows that while nearly half the rural women aged 15 years and above were “in the labour force” in 1993-94, the number dropped to less than 36% in 2011-12
  3. Labour force participation rate of urban women has also dropped in the same period


Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments