Bihar’s Gender Budget Fails To Bridge The Gender Gap

Gender gaps in Bihar are glaring.Nearly half (46%) of women in Bihar are illiterate, increasing their chances of being married early, found a new report “Mapping Inequality in Bihar” by Oxfam India and AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna . While literacy rates have increased by 35% between 1991 to 2014, women in Bihar are 20% less likely to be literate than men. In fact, the percentage of illiterate women in rural Bihar is higher than the percentage of illiterate men in rural and urban Bihar combined, observed the report.Bihar experiences approximately 3.5 lakhs teenage births, leading to high

Graph showing missing women in the world. Photo credit: State of the world Population report, 2020, UNFPA
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India’s Missing Women Remain A Global Concern

Only 810 girl children are born per 1000 boys in urban Uttarakhand. In rural areas, the state recorded a comparably higher sex ratio at birth (female births per 1000 male births) of 851.Overall, the Northern hill state of India showed the lowest sex ratio at birth at 840 females per 1000 males according to the latest data (2018) from the Sample Registration System (SRS), released by the Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, in August 2019.While rural parts of the state showed an improvement of two points, there was a slip of six points per 1000 in urban