Asia slips in gender equality ranking

  • Asia slips in gender equality ranking

Asia slips in gender equality ranking

The Global Gender Gap Report benchmarks progress towards gender parity across four themes: economic participation and opportunity; educational attainment; health and survival; and political empowerment.

Thursday's report said that at the current rate of progress, it would now take a full 100 years on average to achieve overall gender equality.

"Every P100 men earn, women earn P76, which is quite shocking if you think about that", Leopold told ANC. Overall, 68 per cent of the global gender gap has been closed, a slight deterioration on 2016 and 2015, when the gap was 68.3 per cent and 68.1 per cent respectively.

It is the second year in a row that the Swiss non-profit has recorded worsening economic inequality, which is calculated by measuring how many men and women participate in the labour force, their earned incomes and their job advancement.

However, the education-specific gender gap could be reduced to parity within the next 13 years. "Some countries understand this and they are now seeing dividends from the proactive measures they have taken to address their gender gaps". Economics is a particular area of concern, Zahidi said, because women do a disproportionate amount of unpaid work, like childcare.

The WEF collaborated with LinkedIn to delve more deeply into economic data in selected countries, with a focus on gender imbalance by industry. One metric was life expectancy: Chinese women outlive men by less than two years on average, compared with a global average of five years.

In recent years, women have made significant progress towards equality in a number of areas such as education and health, with the Nordic countries leading the fray.

"With more than 50 years having passed since the inauguration of the nation's first female prime minister in 1966, maintaining its global top 20 ranking on the political empowerment sub-index will require India to make progress on this dimension with a new generation of female political leadership", the report said.

The Republic was ranked eighth out of 144 states, slipping two places since previous year when it dropped from fifth to sixth. "However out of the 17 countries covered by the index in the MENA region this year, 11 countries have improved their overall score compared to last year".

Statistics highlighted by the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper show that last year, 43.6% girls in Switzerland obtained a secondary school leaving certificate from an apprenticeship or academic high school compared with 33.1% of boys - a discrepancy that has strengthened over the past 15 years.

Among the G-20 countries, France is ranked highest on gender parity at 11th place in the global ranking, followed by Germany (12), the United Kingdom (15), Canada (16), South Africa (19) and Argentina (34).