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Global Gender Gap Report- How equal is the world for women? - Answers

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Global Gender Gap Report- How equal is the world for women?

World map depicts Global Gender Gap Index

Equality between the sexes has been a topic in vogue since time immemorial. One should understand that in order to realize the full potential of an economy, it is necessary that equal opportunities are available for both men and women.

Instead of relying on the subjective judgments and beliefs of the society, the status of the sexes should be determined by an authentic source. The World Economic Forum is one such source whose reports are accepted worldwide. More than equality, the report measures women’s disadvantage compared to men.

The Index was developed in part to address the need for a consistent and comprehensive measure of gender equality that can track a country’s progress over time. The Index ranks countries calculating gender gap between women and men in four key areas to gauge the state of gender equality in a country. They are-
• Health
• Education
• Economy
• Politics

The highest possible score of gender gap index is 1 (which means equality) and the lowest possible score is 0 (which denotes inequality). According to the report, the most challenging gender gaps remain in the economic and health spheres. However, within the next thirteen years, the education-based gender gap can be reduced significantly.

Rank Country 2017 score
1  Iceland 0.878
2  Norway 0.83
3  Finland 0.823
4  Rwanda 0.822
5  Sweden 0.816
6  Nicaragua 0.814
7  Slovenia 0.805
8  Ireland 0.794
9  New Zealand 0.791
10  Philippines 0.79
11  France 0.778
12  Germany 0.778
13  Namibia 0.777
14  Denmark 0.776
15  United Kingdom 0.77
16  Canada 0.769
17  Bolivia 0.758
18  Bulgaria 0.756
19  Latvia 0.756
20  South Africa 0.756
21  Burundi 0.755
22   Switzerland 0.755
23  Barbados 0.75
24  Spain 0.746
25  Cuba 0.745
26  Belarus 0.744
27  Bahamas 0.743
28  Lithuania 0.742
29  Mozambique 0.741
30  Moldova 0.74
31  Belgium 0.739
32  Netherlands 0.737
33  Portugal 0.734
34  Argentina 0.732
35  Australia 0.731
36  Colombia 0.731
37  Estonia 0.731
38  Albania 0.728
39  Poland 0.728
40  Costa Rica 0.727
41  Serbia 0.727
42  Ecuador 0.724
43  Panama 0.722
44  Israel 0.721
45  Uganda 0.721
46  Botswana 0.72
47  Bangladesh 0.719
48  Peru 0.719
49  United States 0.718
50  Jamaica 0.717
51  Zimbabwe 0.717
52  Kazakhstan 0.713
53  Mongolia 0.713
54  Croatia 0.711
55  Honduras 0.711
56  Uruguay 0.71
57  Austria 0.709
58  Romania 0.708
59  Luxembourg 0.706
60  Venezuela 0.706
61  El Salvador 0.705
62  Ukraine 0.705
63  Chile 0.704
64  Laos 0.703
65  Macedonia 0.702
66  Singapore 0.702
67  Tanzania 0.7
68  Vietnam 0.698
69  Dominican Republic 0.697
70  Russian Federation 0.696
71  Ghana 0.695
72  Lesotho 0.695
73  Kenya 0.694
74  Slovakia 0.694
75  Thailand 0.694
76  Montenegro 0.693
77  Belize 0.692
78  Greece 0.692
79  Italy 0.692
80  Madagascar 0.692
81  Mexico 0.692
82  Indonesia 0.691
83  Kyrgyz Republic 0.691
84  Myanmar 0.691
85  Cameroon 0.689
86  Suriname 0.689
87  Czech Republic 0.688
88  Cape Verde 0.686
89  Brazil 0.684
90  Cyprus 0.684
91  Senegal 0.684
92  Malta 0.682
93  Georgia 0.679
94  Kuwait 0.679
95  Paraguay 0.678
96  Tajikistan 0.678
97  Armenia 0.677
98  Azerbaijan 0.676
99  Cambodia 0.676
100  China 0.674
101  Malawi 0.672
102  Brunei Darussalam 0.671
103  Hungary 0.67
104  Malaysia 0.67
105  Swaziland 0.67
106  India 0.669
107  Liberia 0.669
108  Maldives 0.669
109  Sri Lanka 0.669
110  Guatemala 0.667
111  Mauritius 0.664
112    Nepal 0.664
113  Guinea 0.659
114  Japan 0.657
115  Ethiopia 0.656
116  Benin 0.652
117  Tunisia 0.651
118  Korea, Rep. 0.65
119  Gambia, The 0.649
120  United Arab Emirates 0.649
121  Burkina Faso 0.646
122  Nigeria 0.641
123  Angola 0.64
124  Bhutan 0.638
125  Bahrain 0.632
126  Algeria 0.629
127  Timor-Leste 0.628
128  Qatar 0.626
129  Turkey 0.625
130  Mauritania 0.614
131  Côte d’Ivoire 0.611
132  Egypt 0.608
133  Jordan 0.604
134  Morocco 0.598
135  Lebanon 0.596
136  Saudi Arabia 0.584
137  Iran, Islamic Rep. 0.583
138  Mali 0.583
139  Chad 0.575
140  Syria 0.568
141  Pakistan 0.546
142  Yemen 0.516
143  Fiji N/A
144  Guyana N/A
145  Oman N/A
146  Trinidad and Tobago N/A
147  Zambia N/A

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