We all know that gender equality is getting better day by day in India. The gap between men and women in the fields like health, education, economics, and politics is narrowing. But the question is, how good is this improvement? India ranked 131/188 in the United Nations Gender Inequality Index report in the year 2015. That’s not a very good rank.

How is gender inequality measured?

Gender Inequality Index is a measure which shows the loss in potential human development due to disparity between female and male achievements. It is calculated by measuring these stats – Early marriage rate, Female labour force participation rate, Maternal morality ration, Share of seats in parliament and Female population with secondary education.

Do our policymakers know these stats?

This data visualization is trying to answer this question. Policymakers are the people in power who create the policies and make decisions which take our country closer to gender equality. So, how are they doing this? Are they using data to drive their decisions? To know this equalmeasures2030.org conducted a survey. The policymakers were asked to estimate these stats to understand how much they know. The results raised concerns as only a few had access to this data and used it to make decisions.

Policymakers knowledge on gender inequality

The Data Visualization

Click on the image above to open the interactive visualization.

The visualization shows how the policymakers answered the survey questions. There were 5 questions asked which is the first column. The second column tells the type of the response. The policymakers either said “They know the answer” or “They don’t recall, but know where to find the answer” or “They don’t know the answer at all”. The circles represent the answers/estimates given by the policymakers and the purple line represents the correct answer. The circles are colored based on the type of the response given.

For example, the top first red dot says that a policymaker said he know what was the early marriage rate in India and gave the answer as 15% while the correct answer was 47%. You should hover over the circles to see the numbers.

The visualization shows that very few had given answers close to the correct one. Even the people who said they knew the answer. This shows that proper data is not being used to make their decisions.

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Last modified: March 14, 2018

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