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Sustaining and Enhancing Competitiveness in Today's Business Scenario in Globalised India- A Gender Analysis
Dr. Vibhuti Patel, DIRECTOR, P.G.S. R.
Professor and Head, Post Graduate Department of Economics,
SNDT Women’s University, Smt. Nathibai Thakersey Road, Churchgate, Mumbai-400020
TelL91) (22) 22031879, Ext.243, Mobile-9321040048 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
No contemporary society has managed to achieve full gender equality, a concept not synonymous with women, and not a zero-sum game implying loss for men, but a socio-cultural variable referring to that stage of human development where simply being born female or male does not determine one’s rights, responsibilities, or the opportunity to develop one’s full human potential. However, the cause of gender equality has fared much better in some societies than in others. What does the data on economic and political participation, educational attainment and health say about the progress that has been made in closing the gender gap and, what are the ingredients that will be necessary to bring this noble ideal into concrete reality? Might gender equality be a key engine of rising productivity, competitiveness and sustainable economic growth?
Gender economists aver that gender mainstreaming creates a win-win scenario for gender, trade and development in every country. Pre-requisites for gender mainstreaming as a global strategy for the promotion of gender equality are: the generation and use of gender analysis, capacity-building, education and skill development of women. It also contributes to sustainable development and export competitiveness.