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Bihar progressing impressively in closing the gender gap

Patna, Dec 7 (UNI) Lauding the efforts of the Bihar government to bridge the gender gap the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Harivansh Narayan Singh today said that the state is impressively progressing towards closing this gap with well-defined state policies.
Winding up the International Conference titled “Closing the gender gap: health, education and economic opportunities” organized by the International Growth Centre (IGC), Asian Development Research Institute in collaboration with Women Development Corporation, Government of Bihar, Mr Singh said here that following the sincere efforts of the state government the property right of women has increased and they have larger say in decision-making in Bihar today. While giving guidelines to promote gender equality he said that awareness generation will play a key role to improve the gender gap and if conscious efforts were not made to constantly improve it, the gains made so far can be reversed.
Chairing the Special Lecture on the topic “Why Women’s health is a priority?”, Bihar Health Minister
Mangal Pandey said that MMRs (Maternal Mortality Rates) was a good indicator of any state’s healthcare facilities. For improving the MMR of a state, both public and private healthcare systems need to be strengthened.
Professor and Senior Specialist (health systems) Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Dr Quazi Monirul Islam, said that apart from MMR, TFR (Total Fertility Rate) also poses a major concern in Bihar.
Prof. Anu Rammohan, University of Western Australia elaborated on the importance of schooling and education in India, particularly schooling investments for females. She said that there is under-investment in girls’ education. The reason for that is resource constraint as it is thought that boys will look after the parents in old age and so, they get the funds for education. She said that the fetch water, look after siblings and do other household work when the mother goes to participate in the informal labour market. Early marriage leads to low education outcome for girls.
Professor Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay of Indian Statistical Institute-Delhi pointed out that the gender gap in education opens up in older children (19 to 21 years). Dr Ashmita Gupta of ADRI mentioned that women are missing out on middle-level jobs even as they are getting high and low-end jobs.
Lakshmi Narasimhan Gadiraju of International Labour Organization remarked that it is difficult to put in practice the resolution that hazards at the workplace should be prevented. The Other panellists lamented at the fact that the woman eats the last in the house even though they are expected to deliver the babies.
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