US: Global economic gender equality gap widens - Report

New York, US (PANA) - The World Economic Forum (WEF) 2016 Global Gender Gap Report said the world took a step back in terms of equality in economic participation and opportunity.

The WEF report, which analyzed 144 countries around the world, was released on Wednesday.

A statement obtained by PANA in New York, stated that, "the report quantifies the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks their progress over time, with a specific focus on the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics."

It noted that the US fell from 28th place to 45th position when compared to last year's report primarily due to a more transparent measure for determining estimated earned income.

It said globally, the countries evaluated are 4 percent away from closing the gender gap in health outcomes between women and men, unchanged since last year, and 5 percent away from closing the gap in the educational attainment, a one percent improvement since last year.

The statement said the report however noted that the economic participation gender gap increased to 41 percent, which is the highest since 2008.

The report disclosed that governments are 77 percent away from closing the political gap, which "continues a trend of slow but steady improvement".

The WEF also projected that the overall divide between men and women, which is 32 percent away from being equal would not close completely until 2186, an increase of 53 years from last year due to the setback.

It listed the the top 10 countries with the highest levels of equality as Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Rwanda, Ireland, the Philippines, Slovenia, New Zealand and Nicaragua.

It also said the countries that improved the most in closing the gender gap are Nicaragua, Nepal, Bolivia, Slovenia, France, Cameroon, Iceland, Ecuador, India and Namibia.

The 10 countries with the lowest levels of equality, starting with the worst, are Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Chad, Iran, Mali, Morocco, Cote d'Ivoire and Lebanon.
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26 october 2016 15:36:25

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