Sikkim Tops List of Best Workplaces for Women

According to a report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a top American think-tank, Indian State of Sikkim is the best whereas national capital Delhi the worst working conditions for women.

Sikkim got 40 points while Delhi received just 8.5.

Sikkim is followed by Telangana (28.5 points), Puducherry (25.6), Karnataka (24.7), Himachal Pradesh (24. 2), Andhra Pradesh (24.0), Kerala (22.2), Maharashtra (21. 4), Tamil Nadu (21.1) and Chhattisgarh (21.1).

Four states (Sikkim, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu) have removed all restrictions on women working at night in factories, retail establishments and the IT sector.

15 states and Union Territories did not offer women entrepreneurs any special incentives in their business-promotion policies.

India has the world’s lowest rate (24 per cent) of female workforce participation.

The states were ranked according to four main factors: legal restrictions on women’s working hours in factories, retail, and the IT industry; the responsiveness of the state’s criminal justice system to crimes affecting working women, such as sexual harassment; the number of women workers in the state as a percentage of total workers; and the number of incentives the state’s startup and industrial policies offer women entrepreneurs.