Role of Women
In South Asia Society
Gender Inequality in South Asia
Women in South Asia have suffered and are still suffering from low political representation, employment and property ownership. UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said that, "it's actually hurting their economy growth because empowering women is necessary for achieving development goals." South Asia was recently ranked 2nd for worst gender inequality in the world.
Educational Oppurtunities for Women in India
In South Asia, women make up less than 50% of the total population. Currently, they
are suffering because of forced violence because of their gender. In India, discrimination in education, nutrition, health, and employment is frownded upon but not illegal. Women and girls don't have the access to education that men do. Although women make up almost 50% of the population, there are half as many girls in school than there are boys. Economically, women have very little access to employment oppurtunities than men, and women have to completely rely on men for any financial decisions. Only 32% of Indian women are economically active.