South Indian states have dominated the list of top cities for women in terms of city inclusion, broadly comprising ease of living, safety, inclusive organizations, and inclusive industries, according to a report by Avtar Group.
Telangana’s capital city Hyderabad has emerged as one of the top cities for women in India with their ‘city inclusion’ scores above 60. Chennai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Mumbai have emerged as the top five cities for women in India with their ‘City Inclusion Scores’ above 60.
The report is based on the City Inclusion Score, a composite of the Social Inclusion Score (SIS) and Industrial Inclusion Store (IIS). The Social Inclusion Score (SIS) comprises social factors contributing to making a city women-friendly. Industrial Inclusion Score (IIS) evaluates the extent to which organizations in the city across industries are inclusive of women.
As per Avtar, the United Nations (UN) has defined women-friendly cities as those that provide the access to health, education, employment opportunities, comprehensive urban, social services, and a safe environment to the women population.
8 Tamil Nadu cities were among Top 10 Cities for Women in India in both the categories. Kerala emerged on top in the State Averages of City Inclusion Score. Comparing average scores for each region, the Southern region emerges on top closely followed by the West.
The report has been bifurcated into different regions as well. In the northern region, the top three cities are Delhi, Srinagar, and Amritsar. In the southern region, the top three slots are taken by Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. In the eastern region, Kolkata is at the top slot, followed by Dhanbad and Patna. In the western region, Pune, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad secure first, second and third places respectively. Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal secured the first, second and third places respectively in the Central region.