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Gender Inequity & Electrification in India

Gender Inequity and Electrification in India:
An interesting, unconventional way of closing the gap between Men & Women

Gender inequality is a truly a global issue. A recent policy research paper commissioned by the World Bank lends some unique insights on this issue in India and consequently, while un-intentionally, reveals an avenue to minimizing the gap between men and women.

The conclusion of “Who Benefits the most from Rural Electrification Evidence in India” explains that the results of electrification in rural areas indicate significant positive effects on time allocation, income, expenditures, and poverty incidence as well as children’s involvement in education. Which is absolutely correct, however it is much more interesting than just that.

The data shows a much higher quantitative results of electrification for women/girls compared to men/boys.

Not only does electrification of rural India decrease the poverty rate by 13.3%, reduce kerosene consumption by 35% and increase household per capita by 38.6% but it also a first step down the path to gender equality in India.  It is hard to find a better starting point to resolving gender issues in India than by electrifying the country.

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