Index on gender puts UK near the top

// 16 May 2005

The World Economic Forum today launched a new gender gap index, measuring how countries perform on pay equality, economic opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment and access to reproductive healthcare.

The good news is that the UK did relatively well, coming eighth after Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand and Canada.

The US came a shameful 17th on the index, behind Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt came last.

However, no country was rated as having total gender equality (on a scale of 1 to 7, Sweden came first with 5.53. The UK scored 4.75), showing just how much work is left to be done, even in egalitarian Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Check out the full report, here

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