What India can learn from Bangladesh about closing its gender gap


India’s eastern neighbour, Bangladesh, has recently garnered worldwide acclaim for its strides in human development. Among the indices that have shown improvement in the country is gender gap. It has reduced quite significantly in the recent past.

This has been reflected in the Gender Gap Report released by the World Economic Forum March 30, 2021. The report focuses on measuring gaps between men and women in accessing resources and opportunities. Bangladesh secured the 65th position in the overall tally of the report. All other south Asian countries have ranks beyond 100.

A thorough understanding of the sub-indices and indicators in the gender gap index will be helpful in fully comprehending Bangladesh’s success in reducing its gender gap. This is given in the table below:

Source: Down To Earth