Images of India : Female labour force may boost GDP by $700 billion…

feworkersIf 68 million more women are added to the non-farm labour force over the next decade, India’s gross domestic product could be boosted by $700 billion in 2025, according to a study. Women in India represent only 24% of the paid labour force, as against a global average of 40%. Pertaining to gender equality in work and society, Mizoram, Kerala, Meghalaya, Goa and Sikkim come closest to gender parity. Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh are the bottom five states. The top five states account for just 4% of female working-age population, while the bottom five make up 32%. To boost the economy 70% of the potential incremental workers could specifically come from nine states: Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. India’s female labour force participation rate (aged 15 and above) is 21% in urban areas and 36% in rural areas. For men, it is 76% and 81%, respectively.