A global alliance to bridge the gender equity gap


Recent events witnessed India’s commitment to gender equity and equality became another milestone, as the nation launched the Alliance for Global Good – Gender Equity and Equality.

  • The launch highlights the importance of mainstreaming gender equality in governance and outlines India’s achievements in women-led development.


GS-02 (Gender, Health, Equality)


WEF, Global Alliance for Global Good – Gender Equity and Equality, Women’s Reservation Bill

Mains Question:

Discuss the initiatives and the achievements of India in promoting gender equity and equality, highlighting the significance of the recent Alliance for Global Good – Gender Equity and Equality in advancing women-led development globally. (250 words)

Global Alliance for Global Good – Gender Equity and Equality

  • India introduced the Global Alliance for Global Good – Gender Equity and Equality, during the 54th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos.
  • The alliance aims to consolidate global efforts towards achieving gender equity and equality by integrating best practices, fostering knowledge exchange, and identifying investment opportunities in women’s education, health, and entrepreneurship.
  • Through this initiative, progress is expected in advancing several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality and Empowerment), and SDG 17 (Global Partnership for Development), among others.
  • The alliance has invited widespread support from industry leaders such as MasterCard, Uber, Tata, TVS, Bayer, Godrej, the Serum Institute of India, and IMD Lausanne, along with over 10,000 partners from various sectors through the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • Backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the alliance will find its home at the CII Centre for Women Leadership, with the World Economic Forum (WEF) serving as a ‘Network Partner’ and Invest India as an ‘Institutional Partner’.

Dimensions from the Article:

  • India’s recent Empowering Journey
  • Indian Contribution at Davos
  • India’s Leadership in Gender Diversity

India’s recent Empowering Journey:

  • India has prioritized gender equality and equity in its development module, as witnessed by the recent passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill and substantial allocations under the gender budget.
  • The government’s commitment to nurture women-led development is highlighted by its significant increase in female labor force participation and enrollment in higher education, especially in STEM courses.
  • Initiatives like self-help groups in rural areas have also empowered millions of women, contributing to socio-economic development.

Indian Contribution at Davos:

  • Global recognition of India’s initiatives in gender equality is growing. Platforms such as the We-Lead Lounge have facilitated meaningful discussions on inclusive development, attracting interest from global leaders.
  • The Alliance for Global Good – Gender Equity and Equality, anchored by the CII Centre for Women Leadership and supported by stakeholders like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum, aims to drive collective action for women empowerment globally.

India’s Leadership in Gender Diversity:

  • The Alliance presents an opportunity for global industry to share and adopt India’s best practices in promoting gender diversity in the workplace.
  • It encourages investment in proven initiatives and collaborative efforts to make inclusion a fundamental aspect of business discourse.
  • India’s leadership in areas like pharmaceuticals and digital technology further strengthens its role in driving global gender equality initiatives.

Way Forward:

India’s commitment to gender equity and equality is evident through its proactive measures and initiatives aimed at empowering women across various sectors. The establishment of the Alliance for Global Good provides a platform for collective action and collaboration to advance women-led development globally. By leveraging its expertise and leadership, India can continue to drive positive change and foster an inclusive and equitable future for all.