On average, women earn 20% less than men.

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What is the goal of this website?

Every year, the World Economic Forum release the Global Gender Gap Report. Through the Global Gender Gap Report, they quantifies the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks their progress over time, with a specific focus on the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics. The 2016 Report covers 144 countries.

More than a decade of data has revealed that progress is still too slow for realizing the full potential of one half of humanity within our lifetimes.

This report is extremely dense and difficult to read. This website featured some data and information so you can have a look at the global situation. The information and data shown here are only a small piece of the Global Gender Gap Report. You can read the full report here.

The main purpose of this website is to raise awareness about the inequalities women are facing in our society.

What is the Global Gender Gap Report

The Global Gender Gap Index was first introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006 as a framework for capturing the magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress over time. The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, education, health and political criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups. The rankings are designed to create global awareness of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by reducing them. The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing gender gaps.

Global performance (2016)

Overall Index - 68%

Economic Participation and Opportunity - 59%

Educational Attainment - 95%

Health and Survival - 96%

Political Participation - 23%

Top 10 countries

The top 10 is held by European countries, particularly the Nordics who occupy the top four positions, with two countries from the East Asia and the Pacific region, one country from the Sub-Saharan Africa region, and one country from the Latin America and the Caribbean region also represented. 100% is total equality between women and men.

This top 10 is based on the global gender gap (including Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival and Political Participation).

01. Iceland - 87%

02. Finland - 84%

03. Norway - 84%

04. Sweden - 81%

05. Rwanda - 80%

06. Ireland - 79%

07. Philippines - 78%

08. Slovenia - 78%

09. New Zealand- 78%

10. Nicaragua - 78%

The Global Gender Gap Index reveals that all countries can do more to close the gender gap. Across the Index, there are only five countries that have closed 80% of the gap or more. In addition, there are 64 countries that have closed between 70% and 80% of their gender gap. A further 65 countries have closed between 60% and 70%, while 10 countries have closed between 50% and 60%. In 2016, no country had closed less than 50% of their overall gender gap. However, there is wide variety in progress on closing the gender gap in every world region, with both success stories and underperforming countries in each.

How are the top 10 GDP countries doing?

This top 10 ranking is based on the International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook (October-2016). We can observe that none of these countries are in the top 10 above.

45. United States - 72%

99. China - 67%

111. Japan - 66%

13. Germany - 76%

20. United Kingdom - 75%

17. France - 75%

87. India - 68%

50. Italy - 71%

79. Brazil - 68%

35. Canada - 73%

Gender parity by region

At a global level, only two regions—Western Europe and North America—have a remaining gender gap of less than 30%, at 25% and 28%, respectively. Latin America and the Caribbean and Eastern Europe and Central Asia are virtually tied at a remaining gender gap of exactly 30% each. They are followed by East Asia and the Pacific, with a remaining gender gap of 31.7%, Sub-Saharan Africa, with a gap of 32.1%, and South Asia, with a gap of 33%. The Middle East and North Africa region is yet to close a gender gap of just under 40%.

1. Western Europe - 75%

2. North America - 72%

3. Eastern Europe and Central Asia - 70%

4. Latin America and the Caribbean - 70%

5. East Asia and the Pacific - 68%

6. Sub-Saharan Africa - 68%

7. South Asia - 67%

8. Middle East and North Africa - 61%


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