Context: According to Linkedin Opportunity Index 2021, as many as 85 percent women missed out on a raise, promotion or work offer because of their gender in India.
More on the news:
- The average for this gender bias in the Asia-Pacific (ACPC) region was 60 percent.
- The index surveyed 2,285 respondents to analyse how gender bias slowed down their career progress.
Findings of the report:
- The women were disproportionately impacted during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic amid expectations to balance home and work life.
- 37 percent of India’s working women said they got fewer opportunities than men.
- 37 percent of the women said they get paid less than men.
- Lack of time and family care stopped seven in 10 Indian women from advancing their careers.
- The report stated that 71 percent working women and 77 percent working mothers felt familial responsibilities came in the way of career development.
- For example, both men and women sought job security, but 63 percent women thought a person’s gender is important to get ahead in life as compared to men.
- Nearly 63 percent working women and 69 per cent working mothers said they faced discrimination at work because of familial and household responsibilities.