MELBOURNE: India has secured 115th position on women empowerment scale in a global survey conducted by an international consulting and management firm Booz & Company.
The survey looked into the level of economical empowerment of women in 128 countries. Australia topped the list and it was followed by three Scandinavian countries -- Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan and Chad placed at the bottom of the list.
The research noted that India, with the second-largest population in the world, generates 14 per cent of the global talent pool, among which are the 5.5 million women entering India's workforce each year.
“Yet India's women-whether in Mumbai's conference rooms or Kerala's backwaters--must navigate a familiar but daunting set of obstacles and challenges in their search for economic empowerment and professional success,” the survey said.
Although, knowledge economy has created tremendous opportunities in India, still various women are still prevented from reaching their full potential by a combination of cultural restrictions, gender discrimination, and lack of resources.
“The country has anti-discrimination legislation in place designed to protect women, yet implementation has a long way to go. Each year, approximately 1,000 'honour killings' are perpetrated against Indian women. Along with female feticide and infanticide, acid attacks, rape, and sexual harassment, honour killings are both the symptoms of and catalysts for women's disempowerment,” it added.
Of the respondent, forty-five per cent of women believe that they're treated unfairly at work because of their gender; many others found difficulty to rejoin the workforce after giving birth. Over 50 per cent of women report safety concerns related to commuting.