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India links women's safety, economic growth

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Christian Science Monitor :
India reached a globe-shaking threshold this year. Its economy is now growing at a faster clip than China's. That might be a source of pride for the country and its prime minister, Narendra Modi. Except it is not.
In its latest economic report, the government stated that India's future development hinges on how women and girls are treated in society. The "intrinsic values" of gender equality are incontestable, it states. And the economy will keep growing only "if women acquire greater personal agency, assume political power and attain public status, and participate equally in the labor force."
To make the point, the cover of the annual Economic Survey is colored in pink.
The idea that economic growth requires gender equality goes against a common theory that growth will automatically reduce gender inequality. In a recent study, the International Monetary Fund estimated that India's gross domestic product would increase 27 percent if women's participation in the labor force were to reach the same level as men's.

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