India has made improvements in life expectancy at birth which has increased to 68 years in 2014 from 67.6 in the previous year and 53.9 years in 1980.
The country does not fare well on the gender index either. Unpaid work, predominantly performed by women, is estimated at 39% of GDP. Women’s workforce participation has also declined from 35% in 1990 to 27% in 2013. In 38 countries, including India, Pakistan, Mexico and Uganda, 80% of women are unbanked. By contrast, in Japan and South Korea, more than 90% women have bank accounts.
Contributed By Sonia Narula