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The 16 worst countries for gender equality

03 November 2017

Gender inequality seems to be getting worse, according to a newly released report.

When it comes to gender equality and economic opportunity for all India ranked 108th, behind countries like Ghana (72), Kenya (76) and even Bangladesh (47), a report by World Economic Forum (WEF) revealed on Wednesday.

The report, which examines gender imbalances in economics and the workplace, education, politics and health, found that years of global gains made by women are beginning to erode.

The U.S. dropped four places to 49th in the Global Gender Gap Index due, in part, to a decline in the political empowerment category, which is at its lowest level since 2007.

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"Conversely weak performance in the report among economies such as Hungary, the Czech Republic and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are due to economic gender gaps in aspects such as wage parity and the poor political representation of women in parliaments and in ministerial cabinets", Ms Ratcheva explains.

More positively, the State maintains a fully closed gender gap on educational attainment from previous year, and also sees an increase in gender parity in the number of legislators, senior officials and managers, continuing a steady trend since 2013.

South Korea ranked relatively well at 84th in health and survival on the back of high life expectancy.

The report said that there was an "overall mixed picture and continued stalling of progress at the global level".

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Switzerland has been ranked quite highly in the index for several years, having closed 74% of its economic gender gap and ranked 11th last year and 8th in 2015.

Ranked 100 overall, China was No. 144-dead last-for gender parity when it came to women's health. "The fact that 66 per cent of women's work is unpaid shows the gender disparity". Last year, the forecast was for 83 years.

The survey of 144 countries finds that as a whole, gender equality has worsened globally for the first time since WEF first produced its index in 2006.

The gap between Iceland and the second-placed country, Norway, widens as both Norway and third-placed Finland saw their gaps expand this year.

They were joined by Nicaragua, Slovenia, Ireland, New Zealand and the Philippines in the top 10.

No country has closed the pay gap, WEF said, using data from institutions such as the International Labour Organization, United Nations Development Programme and World Health Organization. Rather than score a nation based on how successful women are in that nation - for example whether or not they are outperforming men in any given area - it instead looks at equality of opportunity and how resources are distributed.

About 23 per cent of the political gap has been closed, which is unchanged since a year ago against a long-term trend of slow but steady improvement.

The gender gap in education could be closed within the next 13 years, says WEF.

The 16 worst countries for gender equality