Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

New Zealand ranks among top ten nations on gender equality

Afp to8il Iceland is the world’s most gender-equal country for the third year in a row. R. Kolbeins AFP Getty Images
Sammy Stanley | 03 November, 2017, 00:26

The WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2017 said that India has closed 67 per cent of its gender gap. Countries in Eastern Europe possess a broad talent pool of highly educated women but are failing to reap the full rewards of that latent potential.

"In 2017, we should not be seeing progress towards gender parity shift into reverse", Saadia Zahidi, WEF head of education, gender and work, said in a statement. "The UAE is now very close to closing its gender gap in educational attainment", the WEF said.

While India's economic participation, educational attainment and political empowerment ratio speaks of female proportion to male in society its "health and survival" ratio speaks of sex ratio at birth (converted to female-over-male ratio). One metric was life expectancy: Chinese women outlive men by less than two years on average, compared with a global average of five years.

"One big challenge for the country is translating positive progress into economic gains for women: over the past year, perceived wage equality for similar work has fallen 28 places to 114th".

The health and survival category saw the starkest drop, with the Republic plummeting from 54th to 96th. The country now ranked 36th overall from first in 2016. Reykjavik was able to ensure the equality of men and women of 87.7%.

However, the Philippines is not alone in the decline of its performance, according to the WEF.

In response to the Global Gender Gap Report, Chinese net users commented on microblog platform Weibo that they thought the standing of women had indeed worsened. This is a slight deterioration on 2016 when the gap was 68.3 percent and in 2015, when it was 68.1 percent.

"Newly available data reveals the scale of India's gender gap in women's share among legislators, senior officials and managers, as well as professional and technical workers for the first time in recent years, highlighting that continued efforts will be needed to achieve parity in Economic Opportunity and Participation", the report revealed.

According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2017, South Korea scored 0.65 points, coming between Tunisia at No. 117 and Gambia at No. 119. Having closed almost 88 percent of its gap, it has been the world's most gender-equal country for nine years.

Also at the top are Sweden, Norway, Finland and Rwanda.

The further away the score is from 0, the higher the "distance to parity" in the country for that sub index appears to be.

The country has raised four places within a year to be ranked 12th for political empowerment, due to an increase in gender parity in ministerial positions and politicians.

A year ago WEF estimated that it would take 83 years to close the remaining gap. The health gender gap is larger than it stood in 2006.

Political empowerment has the widest gender gap with only Iceland having closed more than 70 percent of the gap.

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