Europe Is Still The Best Place For Gender Equality

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According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, Europe is still the leader when it comes to gender equality.The report assesses gender equality based on four aspects: women’s economic participation and opportunity, women’s educational attainment, female health and survival and female political empowerment. Countries are given individual scores for each factor, the mean of which determines their overall ranking.

Of the top 15 ranked countries, 11 are from Europe. Two of the other countries are from Africa with one from Asia and Oceania respectively. For the record, the U.S. ranks 17th out of the 135 countries assessed.

We’ve listed the top 15 from the report here. In particular, keep an eye out for Norway. It was reported last week that 10 per cent of Norwegian women become victims of rape during their lifetime, yet the country does extremely well in this study, which is interesting. 

#15 Netherlands

Rank for economics: 27

Rank for education: 32

Rank for health: 92

Rank for politics: 26

Overall rank: 15

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#14 South Africa

Rank for economics: 58

Rank for education: 86

Rank for health: 102

Rank for politics: 9

Overall rank: 14

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#13 Belgium

Rank for economics: 36

Rank for education: 63

Rank for health: 46

Rank for politics: 17

Overall rank: 13

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#12 Spain

Rank for economics: 74

Rank for education: 37

Rank for health: 56

Rank for politics: 5

Overall rank: 12

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#11 Germany

Rank for economics: 32

Rank for education: 50

Rank for health: 49

Rank for politics: 15

Overall rank: 11

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#10 Switzerland

Rank for economics: 28

Rank for education: 68

Rank for health: 75

Rank for politics: 13

Overall rank: 10

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#9 Lesotho

Rank for economics: 2

Rank for education: Tied 1

Rank for health: Tied 1

Rank for politics: 35

Overall rank: 9

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#8 Philippines

Rank for economics: 15

Rank for education: Tied 1

Rank for health: 68

Rank for politics: 10

Overall rank: 8

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#7 Denmark

Rank for economics: 13

Rank for education: Tied 1

Rank for health: 68

Rank for politics: 10

Overall rank: 7

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#6 New Zealand

Rank for economics: 11

Rank for education: Tied 1

Rank for health: 92

Rank for politics: 8

Overall rank: 6

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#5 Ireland

Rank for economics: 30

Rank for education: Tied 1

Rank for health: 72

Rank for politics: 6

Overall rank: 5

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#4 Sweden

Rank for economics: 7

Rank for education: 41

Rank for health: 82

Rank for politics: 4

Overall rank: 4

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#3 Finland

Rank for economics: 12

Rank for education: 26

Rank for health: Tied 1

Rank for politics: 2

Overall rank: 3

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#2 Norway

Rank for economics: 5

Rank for education: Tied 1

Rank for health: 92

Rank for politics: 3

Overall rank: 2

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

#1 Iceland

Rank for economics: 24

Rank for education: Tied 1

Rank for health: 96

Rank for politics: 1

Overall rank: 1

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

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