India among the worst countries for laws governing equal pay rights for women: World Bank

Reuters

  • India scored zero out of 100 when it comes to giving equal pay rights to women compared to men, said a recent report by World Bank on “Women, Business, and the Law 2019,”
  • Only six countries are giving equal rights to men and women, said the report by World Bank.
  • There was an increase in global average by four and a half points compared to a decade ago.
India is among the 12 countries in the world that scored the lowest on laws and regulation governing equal pay rights.

Right, away equal wages to women. In other words, working women in India do not have the same night hours as men and are not allowed to do jobs that are hazardous, arduous or morally inappropriate, said a new report from the World Bank titled “Women, Business, and the Law 2019,

According to World Bank, “Getting Paid measures laws affecting occupational segregation and the gender wage gap.” The indicator is broken down into four questions mainly — does the law mandate equal remuneration for work of equal value? Can women work the same night hours as men? Can women work in jobs deemed hazardous, arduous or morally inappropriate in the same way as men? And lastly, are women able to work in the same industries as men?

The decade-long study by the World Bank was concluded by examining laws relating to working women in 187 countries across the world. The World Bank then ranked each country on the basis of the score it gave on a scale of zero to 100.

The scores given to each country were on the basis of eight indicators — Going Places, Starting a Job, Getting Paid, Getting Married, Having Children, Running a Business, Managing Assets and Getting a Pension.

Overall, India scored 71.25 out of 100 overall and did not make in the list of top 50 countries. However, it scored 100 out of 100 for “starting a job,” which measured laws letting women pursue a job as man, and getting married.

In fact, only six countries now give equal rights to men and women, said the report by World Bank.

The report noted an increase in the global average score on all counts by four and a half points compared to a decade. According to the report, "a typical economy gives women only three-fourths the legal rights of men in the measured areas."

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