Women Empowerment in India: Facts from National Family Health Survey
This paper assesses the overall level of women empowerment across states in India. To assess the level of empowerment we compute women empowerment index for all states considering data from Nation Family Health Survey 2015-16. We find considerable interstate variation in the level of women empowerment, where poorer states are lagging far behind the richer states. Also states positions differ in terms of different dimensions of women empowerment. Worse situation is observed in respect of women dealing with income and employment which clearly reveals the devastating working condition for women in the country. Thus the study opts for the creation of adequate work opportunities for women for their overall empowerment and thereby reducing gaps in gender development measures.
Key words: Women empowerment index, Employment, Gender development measure
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