Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Blog Marathon Post 5: Women and Freedom

When I first read about the abusing post of one male blogger targeting a woman blogger, and all the hullabaloo around this issue, the first question which came to my mind, What triggers him to write that post? What he was thinking about that time?

This lead me to think about women freedom in India. This is the first time I'm actually looking into some real data and reading serious stuff. Before I share my thoughts, lets have a look at few statistics.

Click the link to get the full report:


70% of the 1.2 billion people living in poverty are female.

Women do more than
67% of the hours of work done in the world
Earn only 10% of the world's income
And own only 1% of the world's property

Women are paid 30-40% less than men for comparable work on an average

The value of unremunerated work was estimated at about $16 billion,
from which $11 billion represents the invisible contribution of women.

In India:

The child sex ratio has dropped from
945 females per 1000 males in 1991 to
927 females per 1000 males in 2001

The United Nations Children’s Fund, estimated that upto 50 million girls and women are ‘missing’ from India’s population
because of termination of the female foetus or high mortality of the girl child due to lack of proper care

Female share of non-agricultural wage employment is only 17%

Participation of women in the workforce is only
13.9% in the urban sector and
29.9% in the rural sector

Women’s wage rates are, on an average
only 75 % of men’s wage rates and
constitute only 25% of the family income

Can you say women have freedom even after seeing this report?

Ok, forget about this. Lets look around us. Dont just see the women in Metros. Dont just see the women in upper middle class families. (To be contd...)

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