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Good news for the women out there: the World Economic Forum believes that gender equality is achievable -- just not for another 81 years.

Since the Forum started tracking women in the world nine years ago “as a framework for capturing the magnitude of gender-based disparities”, the gender gap has closed by 4pc, from 56pc in 2006 to 60pc today. At this rate, women will not attain equal economic participation levels and opportunities until 2095.

And that’s assuming that progression continues at its current pace. However, the Global Gender Gap Report found that the four pillars it tracks -- economy, politics, health and education -- are not heading towards equality in every country.

Six of the original 111 countries that were included in the original report have worse opportunities for women than they did nine years ago, including Sri Lanka, Mali, Croatia, Macedonia, Jordan and Tunisia. Although the UK’s overall score is largely unchanged, it has dropped out of the top 20, falling eight places to 26th on the global ranking -- its lowest since the index began.

Although the health and survival gender gap is narrowest overall -- at 96pc globally, with 35 countries having fully closed the gap -- it has widened in over 40pc of the countries measured.

With a gap of 94pc, education equality is the second strongest, with 25 countries having eliminated the gap altogether, including three in the last year. However, almost 30pc of countries have larger education gaps than they did in 2006.

The other two pillars, female economic participation and political empowerment, lag far behind. Of the 142 countries tracked, none has eliminated either of these gender gaps, and just 14 nations have narrowed the economic disparity to 80pc. The global politics gap stands at 21pc, meaning the average woman has a fifth of the political empowerment that the average man has.

The Global Gender Gap Report ranks countries according to their relative domestic disparities in giving men and women access to their resources, so the index is not skewed by a nation’s development status or economic strength.
Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, said that achieving gender equality is “obviously necessary for economic reasons.”

Mr Schwab said, "Only those economies who have full access to all their talent will remain competitive and will prosper. But even more important, gender equality is a matter of justice. As a humanity, we also have the obligation to ensure a balanced set of values."


The Nordic countries of Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark account for the five most gender-equal countries in the world, while Nicaragua, Rwanda, Ireland, the Philippines and Belgium round out the top 10.

The UK, however, which ranked 9th when the index was first compiled in 2006, has fallen to 26th place, mainly due to changes in income estimates, the report explained.

The UK has eliminated the education gap, and although it has almost closed the health and survival gap with a score of 97pc, it still ranks 94th in this category. The country ranks 46th for economic participation, as British women have 71pc of the economic opportunity that men have, and falls in 33rd place for female political empowerment, with a rating of 27pc.




  
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Post time 2014-10-29 10:12:44 |Display all floors
When women blame the inequality between genders, do we seriously reflect on ourselves?

The bias against women originates from men, but the men were kids of their mothers. Mothers fail to inculcate the equaliy of genders to their own kids at their fledgling age. The mental mindset of people are always strongly influenced by their upbringing.  Then the baby boys become grown-ups, and they discriminate females. What a vicious circle!
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incarnationabc Post time: 2014-10-29 10:12
When women blame the inequality between genders, do we seriously reflect on ourselves?

The bias aga ...

I agree with a lot of what you said.  But it can't just be the mothers.  Fathers have to set the example to their boys on how they should treat women.  Its both.

  
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JFenix Post time: 2014-10-29 10:17
I agree with a lot of what you said.  But it can't just be the mothers.  Fathers have to set the e ...

I refer to the families which are dominant with male chauvinism, if the women there want to change.

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incarnationabc Post time: 2014-10-29 10:21
I refer to the families which are dominant with male chauvinism, if the women there want to change ...

But I think if they still see it from the father and that behavior is socially acceptable - why not continue the cycle?  

But I do agree with you that it has to start early and in the family.  I tried to do my best raising my son.  I left his abusive father so he wouldn't grow up thinking that was 'ok' behavior.

It will take generations for real change.  80+ years the article is saying?  Probably about right unfortunately.
  
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Post time 2014-10-29 10:45:56 |Display all floors
how come this figure 2095 come to their mind..?

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JFenix Post time: 2014-10-29 10:27
But I think if they still see it from the father and that behavior is socially acceptable - why no ...


Generally kids at their tender age have much stonger emotional attachment to their mothers than to fathers. Women are  more patient and gentle to kids. Mothers usually spend more time on babies/kids than fathers do, especially women have to milk the babies, etc.

People hardly speak a foreign language like a native speaker when they grew up; but kids can easily learn.

I would never accept the nonsense about any deities when I grew up. But if I had been indoctrined by Christianity when I was young, I might have been a diehard... So most of time, I don't try to argue with my friends in real life...because their brain have been formated permanently...

Go back to the point, likewise the equality between genders should be put into mentality of kids as ealier as possible.

Besides that, I'm not for the teachings in some religions about discrimination against women. Religions brainwash people on all sides including attitudes to genders.



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