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Thursday, 31 October 2013

World Economic Forum Global Gender Report released its findings. The report outlined the index benchmarking national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health- based criteria allowing rankings for effective comparisons across geographical regions and income groupings. 

Iceland continues to take the number spot of the overall rankings in The Global Gender Gap Index for the fifth consecutive year. Finland ranks in second position, and Norway retains its third place in the overall ranking. Sweden remains in fourth position. Europe always seem to do well; noticeably there are some improvements and a landscape of change to economic equality and political empowerment for women as 80% of countries made progress as the European countries dominate the top 10 with Ireland in the sixth position, Denmark (8) and Switzerland (9). New Zealand (7), Philippines (5) and Nicaragua (10) complete the top 10. 

What it tells us; 
See press release and full report: http://www.weforum.org/news/increased-political-participation-helps-narrow-global-gender-gap-2013

http://www.weforum.org/reports/global-gender-gap-report-2013 Yet quoted by the report co-author Saadia Zahadi, "Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia both invested in education and health but lacked in integration of women in the economy."

How did the UK fair?

United Kingdom ranked 18 overall with political empowerment at 29, health and survival 92 as expected to be high and 35 in term of economic participation. Full details in the country profiles: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/GGGR13/GGGR_CountryProfiles_2013.pdf

Yemen was at the bottom.


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