Gender Equality - Best and Worst Countries

Best and Worst Countries for Gender Equality


At the global level, the World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap will not close for another 100 years. Klaus Schwab, the WEF's founder, warned of the latest report: "At the current pace of change, it will take almost a century to achieve gender equality, a timeframe that we simply cannot accept in today's globalized world, especially among the younger generations, who are increasingly progressive in their views on gender equality". However, as this infographic shows, the situation varies widely around the world.


Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are considered closest to what the WEF would consider as full gender parity, while Yemen, Iraq, and Pakistan are said to be the furthest away. The United States is also nowhere near the top of the rankings, only 53rd in terms of the following metrics: Economic participation and opportunity, education, health and survival, political empowerment.

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