#INPRINT: The Global Gender Gap Report 2017

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The Global Gender Gap Report is an annual report created by the World Economic Forum to measure gender equality among nations. Gender equality and Economic inclusion is fundamental as to how economies and societies thrive. The Global Gender Gap Report for 2017 makes it the 11th report so far.

The Global Gender Gap Report scales 144 countries on their progress towards gender parity, with each nation benchmarked across four areas: economic participation and opportunity, health and survival, educational attainment, and political empowerment.

All 144 countries were assessed and ranked according their progress in working towards gender parity. At the top of the Global Gender Gap Index is Iceland, which has been the world’s most gender-equal country for nine years. Coming in second and third place was Norway and Finland respectively.

The top ten countries in the Index, are completed by Rwanda (4) and Sweden (5). Nicaragua (6) Slovenia (7) Ireland (8) New Zealand (9) and Philippines (10).

The top ten highest performing nations in the Global Gender Gap Index are the same as last year, although the rankings have changed.

Western Europe remains the highest-performing region in the Index with an average remaining gender gap of 25%. The region is home to four of the global top five countries in the Index – Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Out of the 20 countries in the region covered by the Index this year, nine have improved their overall score since 2016.

On average, the countries included in the Index have closed 96 per cent of the gap in health outcomes and educational attainment. However, when it comes to economic participation and political empowerment, progress in closing the gender gap remains stagnant.

According to the Report, the pay gap between men and women have widened in the past 10 years. The report concludes that at its current rate, the global economic gender gap will not be closed for 217 years, while the overall global gap won’t be closed for a century.

Publisher: World Economic Forum

Year Of Publication: 2017

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