Higher gender gap in literacy rate brings J&K in ‘worse 5’ States, UTs

SUNIL SHARMA. Updated: 7/30/2020 10:49:14 AM Front Page

JAMMU: The gender gap in literacy rate among male and females in Jammu and Kashmir is on higher side for the last two decades. As per data available, overall, the gender gap in literacy rate in the Union Territory is 17.7 percent, amongst the highest in India.
In rural areas, the gender gap is 18.9 percent while in urban areas, it is 12.8 percent. The other States and UTs with higher gender gap in literacy rate are Rajasthan (23.2 percent), Bihar (19.2 percent), Uttar Pradesh (18.4 percent) and Jharkhand (18.3 percent).
As far as overall literacy rate among youth in the age group of 15-24 years is concerned, it is 83.2 percent including 89.6 percent among males and 76.3 percent among females.
However, not only literacy, the women in J&K UT are on the receiving end in terms of employment which has exposed the big claims often by the successive governments as well as social organisations working for women empowerment.
As per the data available, the overall labour participation rate in J&K is 45.72 per cent. The labour participation rate among men in J&K was 73.50 per cent between September 2019 and December 2019, while the women participation was just 12.66 per cent during the same period.
The labour participation rate (LPR) is defined as the section of working population in the age group of 16-64 years in the economy currently employed or seeking employment. People who are still undergoing studies, housewives and persons above the age of 64 years are not reckoned in the labour force. The LPR is the measure to evaluate working-age population in an economy.
The unemployment percentage among women in J&K is also on the higher side as compared to men. The unemployment percentage among women in the UT is 76.5 per cent while the unemployment among men is 19.35 per cent. The overall unemployment rate in J&K is 26.53 per cent.
Updated On 7/30/2020 10:49:29 AM


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