The report ranks 145 economies according to how well they are leveraging their female talent pool, based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators.
No country in the world has fully closed the gender gap, but four out of the five Nordic countries and Ireland have closed more than 80% of it. Yemen, the lowest ranking country has closed over 48% of the gender gap.
With a decade of data, this edition of the Global Gender Gap Report – first published in 2006 – shows that while the world has made progress overall, stubborn inequalities remain.
Some examples are shown below.
Since 2006, an extra quarter of a billion women have entered the labor force. And yet, the annual pay for women only now equals the amount men were earning ten years ago.
While more women than men are enrolling at university in 97 countries, women make up the majority of skilled workers in only 68 countries and the majority of leaders in only four.
The biggest progress towards the closing the gender gap has been in the political world, although here, much more needs to be done
Download the Global Gender Gap Index 2015 here.