WOMEN, BUSINESS AND THE LAW 2023 REPORT

  • India scored above the regional average in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2023 report. For India, report used data on laws and regulations in Mumbai, India’s main business city.
  • India received a perfect score for laws related to freedom of movement, women’s work decisions, and marriage constraints.
  • Women, Business and the Law 2023 is the 9th in a series of annual reports that analyze laws and regulations affecting women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies.
  • Women, Business and the Law data is available for the period from 1971 to 2023 (calendar years 1970 to 2022)

Indicators: It has eight indicators-

  1. Mobility,
  2. Workplace,
  3. Pay,
  4. Marriage,
  5. Parenthood,
  6. Entrepreneurship,
  7. Assets, and
  8. Pension

Findings of the Report

  • India as Lower middle Income group country with WBL index score is 74.4 out of 100.
  • 100 representing the highest possible score.
  • The overall score for India is higher than the regional average observed across South Asia (63.7). Within the South Asia region, the maximum score observed is 80.6 (Nepal).
  • In India, a thriving civil society also contributed to identifying gaps, drafting legislation, and organizing public opinion through campaigns, discussions, and protests, leading to enactment of the 2005 Domestic Violence Act.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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