Plan India, a nationally registered independent child rights organization, would like to clarify that the Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI), released recently at the Plan India National Conference in New Delhi on November 1, 2017, by Justice Madan B. Lokur of the Supreme Court of India, is the sole property of Plan India, and has been exclusively developed by Plan India.
We would like to state clearly that the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Government of India, as reported by some media agencies, was nowhere involved in either the development of the report or its release. This has also been clarified in a statement issued by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
The MWCD only collaborated with Plan to extend support for our National Conference on ‘Plan for Every Child – Leave No Girl Behind’, to bring to the forefront issues faced by marginalised girls and deliberate on solutions for their inclusion, access and opportunity.
We developed the Gender Vulnerability Index as part of our national campaign, ‘Plan for Every Child – Leave No Girl Behind’, in an attempt to develop a collective perspective and generate a normative consensus on the status of girls and women in India.
The GVI was developed based purely on secondary data available on public domain such as census 2011 and National Family Health Survey IV. The GVI is a multidimensional composite index comprised of over 170 indicators, and ranks all the states in India across four dimensions of gender vulnerability – Protection, Poverty, Education and Health. The Index has been developed with the aim of being used, first and foremost by Plan India, and by development practitioners, academicians and non-governmental organisations, among others, in addressing issues of gender equality.
About Plan India National Campaign: Plan for Every Child – Leave No Girl Behind
Plan for Every Child – Leave No Girl Behind campaign is a movement to support the 2030 SDGs through children’s rights with special emphasis on equality for girls. Under the campaign, efforts are made to ensure that government and civil society come together to provide opportunities to scale best practices, design specialised schemes and advocate towards gender transformative changes at all levels, to address all needs for a more equitable world for girls in general and for girls in difficult circumstances, in particular.
About Plan India
Plan India is a nationally registered independent child development organisation committed to creating a lasting impact in the lives of vulnerable and excluded children, their families and communities. For over 35 years, Plan India with support from the government and its partners have improved the lives of millions of children by providing them access to protection, basic education, proper healthcare, a healthy environment, livelihood opportunities and participation in decisions which affect their lives. We deeply appreciate the support that we have received from the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare and look forward to the continued support towards advancing children’s rights and improving their quality of life. For more information, please visit: www.planindia.org.