Nari Shakti lessons from Japan

Syllabus: GS-I, Subject: Society and Social justice, Topic: Issues of women, Issue: Realizing the potential of women

Lessons India can learn from Japan to realize the potential of women:

  • Long-term public investments in care infrastructure and services, especially childcare,
  • Changing social norms alongside progressive regulations is crucial;
  • Investment in elder care, domestic work, and long-term care, to reduce dependency and access the silver economy.
  • A five-pillar strategy is proposed to unlock business opportunities in India’s care economy,
  • Focusing on gender-neutral and paternity leave policies,
  • Subsidies for care services,
  • Investment in care infrastructure,
  • Skill training for care workers, and
  • Quality assurance or care services and infrastructure
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