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Priya Motiani

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More Than 80% Of Indian Women Remained Unbanked In 2014 – States UNDP

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  •  December 18, 2015


There is not an arena left where gender inequality does not prevail.

Consider for instance the Human Development Report for 2015 released by the United Nations Development Programme. Its section titled ‘Imbalances In Paid And Unpaid Work’ brings to surface an agonizing fact about the state of women not only in India, but in the whole world.

42% of the world’s women population did not have access to back accounts in the year 2014. And if you’re wondering what the stats for our country are, let me tell you, they’re not at all impressive.

The report states: “And in 38 countries, including India, Mexico, Pakistan and Uganda, more than 80 percent of women are unbanked. By contrast, in Japan and the Republic of Korea more than 90 percent of women have bank accounts.”

Hmmm. Perturbed much?

Yes? No?

Let’s talk about some more numbers!

The report states that in 2013, only 39 percent of Indian women were using the internet, whereas, 61 percent of men were found to be internet users. Want to know the state of affairs of other countries in this paradigm? Here’s the report telling you all…

“In China the percentage was 44 percent for women and 56 percent for men, and in Turkey only 44 percent of women were, compared with 64 percent of men.”

“Second, globally participation rates for women have fallen slightly in recent years, as have men’s. The drop in the rate for women is due mainly to reductions in India (from 35 percent in 1990 to 27 percent in 2013) and China (from 73 percent in 1990 to 64 percent in 2013.”

Incredible India, eh?

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