Gender Budgets

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