Women in India are paid 33% less than their male counterparts, making it one of the world’s worst gender gaps, according to a new report released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Not only are women discriminated on wages, but they also tend to get segregated into jobs, which are traditionally regarded as more “feminine” in nature like caregiving, making their prospects of earning dimmer. This despite the fact that, women graduates were twice that of male graduates in the last decade, according to census data.
The report shows that women in India are also over-represented in low paying jobs and underrepresented in high-paying jobs. In fact, women make up 63% of the lowest earning Indians but just 15% of the highest paid ones, making such an uneven representation of women in workforce as one of the reasons for the wage gap.
However, ILO says that while this uneven workforce participation of women is still a concern, but with women getting better educated and aware of their rights, this gap will start shrinking.