Gender Equality At Work More Than 200 Years Off: World Economic Forum said

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Gender Equality At Work More Than 200 Years Off: World Economic Forum said
Gender Equality At Work More Than 200 Years Off: World Economic Forum said

India has been ranked 108th in World Economic Forum (WEF) gender gap index, same as 2017, while recording improvement in wage equality for similar work and fully closing its tertiary education gender gap for the first time.

As per the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report 2018, while India has many challenges as it ranks 142nd out of 149 countries in the economic opportunity and participation subindex, it also has a few achievements.

Gender gap was measured across four key pillars — economic opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment, and health and survival.

“It (India) needs to make improvements across the board, from women’s participation to getting more women into senior and professional roles,” WEF said.

WEF also noted that India continues to rank third-lowest in the world on health and survival, remaining the world’s least-improved country on this subindex over the past decade. “In fact, India actually widens the gender gap on this subindex this year.”

Key highlights of the Global Gender Gap Report 2018

• According to the report, the world has closed 68 percent of its gender gap; and at the current rate of change, it will take 108 years more to close the overall gender gap and 202 years to bring about parity in the workplace.

• The Gender Gap Index 2018 was topped by Iceland, having closed more than 85.8 percent of its overall gender gap.

• Nordic countries dominated the top spots in the index with Norway ranked at 2nd, Sweden at 3rd, and Finland at 4th.

 Other countries rounding of the top-10 were Nicaragua (5th), Rwanda (6th), New Zealand (7th), the Philippines (8th), Ireland (9th) and Namibia (10th).

• Among the G20 group of countries, France leads in 12th place, followed by Germany (14th), United Kingdom (15th), Canada (16th) and South Africa (19th), United States (51st), and six countries below 100- China (103rd), India (108th), Japan (110th), Korea (115th) Turkey (130th) and Saudi Arabia (141st).

India’s rank in Global Gender Gap Index 2018
India was ranked 108th in the Global Gender Gap Index 2018, same as it was ranked in 2017.

In terms of economic opportunity and participation, India ranked 142nd out of 149 countries. Moreover, India continued to rank third-lowest in the world on health and survival, remaining the world’s least-improved country on this subindex.

Though India made no improvement in the overall gender gap ranking, it recorded improvement in wage equality and managed to fully close its tertiary education gender gap for the first time.

Among other South Asian countries, India fetched fourth place with top 3 being Bangladesh (48th), Sri Lanka (100th) and Nepal (105th).

South Asia is the second-lowest-scoring region, with a remaining gender gap of 34.2%, ahead of the Middle East and North Africa, and behind sub-Saharan Africa.

 

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