New Zealand ranks among top ten nations on gender equality

New Zealand ranks among top ten nations on gender equality

According to the report, global GDP could increase by $5.3 trillion by 2025 if the gender gap in economic participation is closed by 25% over the same period.

The annual report ranks 144 countries on its Global Gender Gap Index to see how they compare in terms of gender equality on four key dimensions: economic participation and opportunities, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment.

South Africa dropped four places to 19th overall, making it the third most gender equal country in sub-Saharan Africa after Rwanda which came fourth globally and and Namibia which placed 16th.

Last year's report lauded the Republic for "improvements" on political empowerment due to an increase in the number of women in parliament.

For the first time since 2006, Russian women and men also have the same health expectancy and Russia is also in the top-50 in terms of economic and education ratings.

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"At the current rate of progress, the global gender gap will take 100 years to close, compared to 83 last year".

Since last year's report, Russian Federation climbed four spots in the ranking to 71, buoyed by a higher representation of women in government.

In general, companies around the world fail to offer a level playing field for women, the Gender Gap Index showed.

It is the second year in a row that the Swiss non-profit has recorded worsening economic inequality, which is calculated by measuring how many men and women participate in the labour force, their earned incomes and their job advancement.

"There seems to be a slowdown in momentum when it comes to proactive measures being taken to address gender gaps, particularly in the workplace", said Vesselina Stefanova Ratcheva, an economist at WEF. Ireland (8), New Zealand (9) and Philippines (10) make up the top 10.

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Iceland is in the top position for the ninth year in a row, followed by Norway and Finland.

The World Economic Forum says in a new report that "equality is in retreat" for the first time since the group starting tracking the issue in 2006.

Statistics highlighted by the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper show that last year, 43.6% girls in Switzerland obtained a secondary school leaving certificate from an apprenticeship or academic high school compared with 33.1% of boys - a discrepancy that has strengthened over the past 15 years.

Finally, the distribution of care work also exacerbates gender gaps, according to the WEF index.

Women fared much better in education, where equality could be reached within 13 years, WEF said, while closing the gap in political empowerment could take a further 99 years. The most challenging gaps are in economy and politics, according to the report.

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