The Global Gender Gap Report ranks 145 economies according to how well they are leveraging their female talent pool, based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators.
With a decade of data, this year’s edition of the Global Gender Gap Report – first published in 2006 – shows that while the world has made progress overall, stubborn inequalities remain. Here are some eye-catching facts and figures from the report.
2,600,000,000 – The combined population of the three countries with the lowest female-male ratio at birth: China, Armenia & India
2006 – The year when men’s average pay was the same as women’s today
88% – The amount of the gender gap closed by Iceland, the world’s most gender equal nation
118 – The number of years it will take to close the gender gap entirely
50% – More female ministers worldwide than in 2006
24 – The number of countries where the gender gap in education has stagnated or widened since 2006
4% – the amount of the global gender gap that has been closed since the Forum began measuring it in 2006
Author: Oliver Cann, Director, Media Relations, World Economic Forum
Image: A student gestures as she walks out of a school among other students after taking the final test of the national college entrance exams, in Huaibei REUTERS/China Daily