The Global Gender Gap Index. Do you know how big or small is this gap in your country?

The World Economic Forum recently launched The Global Gender Gap (GGG) Report 2013. The GGG report 2013 shows the national gender gaps in 136 countries. The GGG examines men and women separately under 4 different criteria. These criteria are: economic participation, political enpowerment, education attaintment and health access. The GGG was developed to address gender equality progress; the ranking does not measure the quality of those 4 criteria independently, it only measures the access to them between women and men.

Which countries do you think were ranked the highest and lowest?

I guess it is not a surprise that Scandinavian countries were at the top three, on the following order: Iceland, Finland and Norway. It is important to mention that Iceland has been on the top of the list for five years. However, you will never guess that the the Philippines ranked 5th, Nicaragua 10th and Cuba 15th, while Britain and America ranked 18th and 23th, respectively. The last country in the raking was Yemen, not a surprise when in Yemen women can’t leave their house without their husbands’ permission.

gender-gap-map

source: World Economic Forum

The American continent, according to this rank, is qualified as one of the continents with the highest opportunities for women’s development. The GGG index tells us, by country, how far the women’s empowerment has developed. For the BRICs economies the score wasn’t that encouraging, none of them reached the top 50, which means that economic development is not always related to economic equality between genders.

Latin America has improved 6% if compared to last year’s ranking but there is still a lot to do. Chile, for example, is one of the main emerging economies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), however it ranked 91th. Chile moved down 4 places, which means that it hasn’t had any advance regarding gender equality, specially regarding economic and political participation. Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela are ranked on the top 50th.

If you want to explore more the data you can go to this link:

<http://gu.com/p/3jzkv>

Women are still considered as a minority all over the world, although they represent half of the population. The results of the ranking still impressives me, you wouldn’t expect that in  countries in which economic development and technological advances are the highest, gender inequality is still an issue.  Basic services should be equal to everyone no matter the gender. I believe that more and more woman are realizing the leading role that they play in society and therefore they are demanding their rights to fill in it.

 @ivettemb & @jeffinergon

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