What is the National Gender Index, a tool to identify gaps in gender equality

Niti Aayog is developing a National Gender Index to measure progress and identify persistent gaps in gender equality in order to make informed policy decisions.

In its latest annual report, Niti Aayog said the index will serve as a tool to map state and union territory (UT) progress on defined gender metrics and lay the foundation for positive change..

The index will support policy action and advocacy around gender and will be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals framework.

Niti Aayog has also developed a draft State Energy and Climate Index to assess state performance on indicators such as discom viability and competition; energy access, affordability and reliability; clean energy initiatives; energetic efficiency; production capacity ; and environmental sustainability and new initiatives.

The index will help states manage their energy resources efficiently and provide better access to energy for the population, he added.

India ranks among the poor in Global Gender Gap report

According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2021 published by the World Economic Forum, India is ranked 140 out of 156 countries with a score of 0.625 (out of 1).

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The Global Gender Gap Report provides scores on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGGI) which examines the gap between men and women in four dimensions, namely participation and opportunities economic, education, health and survival and political empowerment.

Compared to last year, India’s score has fallen largely due to the political empowerment dimension. India’s score in this dimension is expected to be one of the highest in the world as India has earmarked 30% for women at local government level and representation of women in local government bodies is more than 30% today. .

However, the publishing agency, the World Economic Forum, only takes into account the representation of women in parliament.

India drops 3 places on 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Moreover, India fell three places from 117th place last year to rank 120th out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted as part of the 2030 agenda by 192 United Nations member states in 2015. , according to a new report. With the latest rankings, India is now behind all South Asian nations except Pakistan which sits at 129.

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India’s overall Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) score was 66 out of 100.

According to the Center for Science and Environment India’s State of Environment Report 2022 released by Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav on Tuesday, India’s ranking has dropped mainly due to major challenges in 11 SDGs, including zero hunger, good health and well-being, gender equality and sustainable development. cities and communities.

India also performed poorly in quality education and land life, the report said.

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