News:World Economic Forum(WEF) has released the Global Gender Gap Index Report 2019.
About Global gender gap Index:
- The Global gender gap Index is published annually by the World Economic Forum(WEF) since 2006.
- The report ranks 153 countries on their progress towards gender parity in four dimensions namely (a)Economic Participation and Opportunity, (b)Educational Attainment ((c)Health and Survival and (d)Political Empowerment.
- In addition,this year’s report examines gender gap prospects in the professions of the future.
- Iceland was ranked first as the most appropriate country for women representation followed by Norway, Finland and Sweden.
- Apart from that, China ranked 106th, Bangladesh at 50th, Brazil at 92nd, Nepal at 101st, Indonesia at 85th and Sri Lanka at 102nd.
- The report highlights that as per the present scenario, workplace inequality will not be erased until the year 2276.
- The report also said that it will take 95 years to close the political gender gap as women hold 25.2% of parliamentary seats worldwide.
Index on India:
- India has been ranked at 112th in the Global gender gap Index 2019.In 2018,India was on the 108th position.
- India’s rank has worsened due to widening disparity in terms of women’s health and survival and economic participation.
- India has slipped to 150th place on health and survival, 112th on educational attainment and 149th in economic participation.
- The report has said that there are very few economic opportunities for women in India.It is 34.5% in India, 32.7% in Pakistan, 27.3%in Yemen and 22.7% in Iraq.
- It also highlights that India has a very low (13.8 percent) women representation on company boards.