Women’s share in Indian manufacturing sector unaltered

New Delhi, Mar 29 (PTI) Share of women in the total employment in the Indian manufacturing sector remained stagnant at 10.9 per cent between 2000 and 2007, according to UNIDO Report.

The apparel sector, which employed more women than men in 2000, witnessed a sharp decline even though the share of female workers in the sector remained vibrant at 41 per cent in 2007.

In the year 2000, 51.3 per cent of the total workforce in the apparel sector comprised women.

The major employers of women in manufacturing include food and beverages, leather and leather products, paper and its products, chemical and its products, communication equipment and furniture makers, according to the report of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

In countries like Sri Lanka and Vietnam, there are more women in the manufacturing industry than men.

In the year 2008, women comprised 57.7 per cent of the total workforce in the Sri Lankan industry whereas in Vietnam it was 58.4 per cent share.

The apparel industry was the biggest employer of women in these countries. In Sri Lanka for instance over 77 per cent of the workforce employed in apparel sector comprised women in 2008. In Vietnam it was 82.2 per cent.

Pakistan had a dismal showing when it came to employing women in manufacturing. Their share in women manufacturing sector was 3.8 per cent in 2006, according to the latest data. PTI TA PC



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