Global Gender Gap Report 2014
The 28th of October 2014 the World Economic Forum has published the 9th edition of the Global Gender Gap Report. The Report provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world. It benchmarks national gender gaps of 142 countries on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria, providing country rankings that allow for a comparison across regions and income groups over time.
The 2014 Global Gender Gap Report once again emphasizes the persistence of gender gap divides across and within regions. Since 2006, when the World Economic Forum first started collecting the data and publishing the Report, the world has only seen a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace.
The gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60% worldwide, having closed by 4% since 2006. Based on this trajectory, with all else remaining equal, it will take 81 years for the world to close this gap completely. Iceland continues to be the champion, standing at the top of the overall rankings for the sixth consecutive year. Northern European countries (Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark) dominate the top 10 with Ireland in the eighth position and Belgium (10) Nicaragua (6), Rwanda (7) and Philippines (9) complete the top 10.
Once more, the index tracks the strong correlation between a country’s gender gap and its national competitiveness. Because women account for one-half of a country’s potential talent base, a nation’s competitiveness in the long term depends significantly on whether and how it educates and utilizes its women.
to access the website of the World Economic Forum and read, or download, the Global Gender Gap Report.