Whilst the world has come a long way with sexual quality in recent years, there is still a lot of work to be done before we can close the gap. The recent Google backlash shows that even the most forward thinking companies still get it wrong. And whilst female executive positions make up a much larger percentage than they used to, there are still less than a quarter of female representatives in company boardrooms.
It’s time for big global organisations to set and example and even the keel, but the latest figures reveal that the gap is nowhere near closing. And this infographic below shows us that gender inequality extends far beyond our places of work. It happens in every aspect of life, from education to healthcare.
Here are the best and worst countries ranked by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The Global Gender Gap
(Infographic: The Global Gender Equality Gap)
According to the stats delivered in this infographic, it would take more than 170 years to completely close the gap between men and women. Taking data from 145 countries, the World Economic Forum ranks countries on a scale from 0.0 to 1.0 (with higher scores being more equal). The scores are based on measures of equal rights within health, education, economy and politics.
The top ranking country is Iceland, with a score of 0.874. Followed by Finland in second place with a score of 0.845. And Norway coming in third with a score of 0.842.
Other countries to make the top 20 are Sweden, Rwanda, Ireland, Philippines, Slovenia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Burundi, Germany, Namibia, South Africa, Netherlands, France, Latvia, Denmark and United Kingdom.
Whilst it’s no surprise that Scandinavian countries are performing better with equality, there are a few surprising entries in the top 20, such as Rwanda, the Philippines, Nicaragua and Namibia. Proving that equality is not directly linked to economy and development. The United Kingdom just made the top 20 ranking at the bottom of the top 20 list. Whilst the U.S missed out entirely with a score somewhere between 0.70 – 0.74.
Moving Forward with Gender Equality
In some countries, it can be very easy to forget about the problems that exist with the gender gap. But it’s important to remember that women were only allowed to vote at the beginning of the 20th Century and it was less than 90 years ago when women over the age of 21 were finally able to exercise a basic human right to cast a vote for what they believe in.
In the workplace, there are plenty of stats that paint a true picture of how unfair the treatment of women continues to be. And although there are improvements happening across the globe, the gap is simply not closing fast enough.
Just earlier this year, Sweden rejected the quota for getting more women into boardrooms, despite the fact that there is already proof from Catalyst’s new global census that female quotas are working.
In order to give gender equality a fair chance of happening within the next 200 years, it’s important for governments to start looking at quotas more seriously with a view of making them compulsory for businesses.