The Global Gender Gap Report 2014

(CC) Sarah Stierch / FlickrThe World Economic Forum has just published “The Global Gender Gap Report 2014.” The study seeks to measure the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics.

The 2014 report emphasizes persisting gender gap divides across and within regions.

According to the study the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60% worldwide, having closed by 4% from 56% in 2006.

The gender gap is narrowest in terms of health and survival with a gap standing at 96% globally, with 35 countries having closed the gap entirely. Despite all this, it is the only subindex which declined over the course of the past nine year.

The educational attainment gap is the next narrowest, standing at 94% globally. Here, 25 countries have closed the gap entirely.

While the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity lags stubbornly behind, the gap for political empowerment, the fourth pillar measured, remains wider still, standing at 21%, although this area has seen the most improvement since 2006.

Iceland continues to be at the top of the Global Gap Index for the sixth consecutive year. Finland and Norway, are in second and third place, respectively. Spain is in the 29th position.

The index continues to track the strong correlation between a country’s gender gap and its national competitiveness.

Access the Global Country rankings here.

Download the Global Gender Gap Report here.