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Inbox VITAL STATISTICS Behind the numbers Closing the global gender gap Signifi cant progress in closing gender gaps in education and political empowerment mean that Iceland, Finland and Norway take the top spots in this year’s ‘Global Gender Gap Report’, a study on worldwide gender parity published by The World Economic Forum (WEF) The report, now in its seventh year, collects data from 135 different and education but the data indicates that, globally, 96 percent of health countries and examines the division of opportunity and resources gaps and 93 percent of education gaps have been closed. between male and female populations. Countries are ranked on their Many of the world’s most successful economies rank at the top of the ability to successfully tackle disparity in four key areas; economic scale and Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the WEF, believes that talent participation and opportunity, education, political empowerment and will outweigh all other considerations in future economic development, “to health and survival. develop the gender dimension is not just a question of equality, it is the entry Yemen is the lowest ranking country with considerable gaps in health card to succeed and prosper in an ever more competitive world”. Global gender gap 1 2 5 4 3 6 Narrow Wide White = no data 1 Having closed over 80 percent of its gender gap,Iceland has set the international benchmark. 2 Fewer women in political positions means thatUSA has slipped fi ve places, ranking outside the top twenty in 22nd place. 3 A increase of women in parliament placesNicaragua in the top ten, the only country from Latin America to appear there. 4 Pakistan maintains critical gaps in health and ranks in the bottom ten for education and literacy. 5 Ranking 101st,Japan has pledged to cut its gender gap by ten percent over the next three years. 6 Lesotho is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa to have closed its gender gaps in both health and education. Economic Participation & Educational Health & Political empowerment Country Overall rank 2011 rank Opportunityrank attainment rank survival rank rank Iceland 1 1 27 1 98 1 Finland 2 3 14 1 1 2 Norway 3 2 4 1 94 3 Sweden 4 4 10 39 73 4 Ireland 5 5 29 30 69 6 New Zealand 6 6 15 1 94 9 Denmark 7 7 16 1 67 11 Philippines 8 8 17 1 1 14 Nicaragua 9 27 88 23 58 5 Switzerland 10 10 28 71 68 13 Source: World Economic Forum global first quarter 2013 www.global-briefing.org l7


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