Goa tops Gender Vulnerability Index, Bihar at bottom

The Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) prepared by Child development NGO Plan India has ranked the state of Goa at the top and Bihar at the bottom.

The other two states to occupy the top positions include Kerala and Mizoram, which were ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively. Bihar was joined by Uttar Pradesh at the bottom, while Delhi was placed near bottom at the 24th place

The composite index has been developed after analysing the situation of girls and women in the country on the basis of four important dimensions - Health, Education, Protection and Poverty. It will be useful in understanding the situation in states, as it ranks each state in every dimension of gender vulnerability.

Key Highlights

• Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Sikkim were ranked top three as far health of women is concerned and Bihar was ranked the worst.

• Delhi was ranked as the worst performing state in terms of education for women while Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Punjab took up the top three positions.

• In terms of poverty, Manipur and Mizoram were placed in the top two positions followed by Tamil Nadu while Bihar again was placed at the bottom.

• In terms of protection and safety, Goa was deemed to be the safest state followed by Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.  Uttar Pradesh was positioned at the last rank.

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