Global gender gap across health, education, economic opportunity and politics has closed by only 4 percent in the past 10 years and it will take another 118 years to close this gap completely. These are the findings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report
On 19th November 2015 World Economic Forum (WEF) released its ‘the Global Gender Gap Report 2015’. The report ranks 145 economies according to how well they help promote their female talent pool, based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators.
Out of the 145 countries surveyed, while Iceland topped the Gender Gap Index for the seventh year in a row, India stood at the 108th position.
In this segment, India’s performance was one of the lowest (139 rank) among the surveyed countries. While the labour force participation rate among women was 29 percent, it was 83 among men.
India was placed at the 125th position among the 145 countries surveyed. Female literacy rate was pegged at 61 percent, while male literacy rate was 81 percent.
AS compared to all other segments, India’s progress in terms of health and survival was the least (143 rank) among the surveyed countries. It was due to unfavorable sex ratio prevailing in the country.
India stood at the 9th position in this segment as it is having 115 women in the Parliament and 51 in the ministerial positions.
Moreover, India was also placed at the second best position in the world in the ‘years with female head of state’ category.
The ranks of BRICS Countries in ascending order are:
South Africa has been among the top 20 performing countries in the overall Index since 2006.
The ranks of SAARC Countries in ascending order are: