Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Australia falling down the gender gap rankings

Australia is falling down the list in an international ranking of equality between men and women. The World Economic Forum ranks Australia 23rd out of 134 nations measured in 2010. Back in 2007 the ranking was 15th. The reason for the slippage is not that Australia is getting less equal but that equality is growing more rapidly in other countries.

Nordic countries Iceland (1), Norway (2), Finland (3) and Sweden (4) continue to demonstrate the greatest equality between men and women according to the Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2010. 

According to the report’s index, the level of gender equality in France (46) has sunk as the number of women in ministerial positions has fallen over the past 12 months. The United States (19) closed its gender gap, rising 12 places to enter the top 20 for the first time in the report’s five-year history. The climb reflects the higher number of women in leading roles in the current administration and improvements in the wage gap.

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