WORK-LIFE BALANCE / NOV. 20, 2015
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The 10 Best Countries For Women

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Belgium is the tenth best country for gender equality, and it is the first time the country has made the top ten of this report. The country ranks 13th on the Political Empowerment subindex and 27th on the Economic Participation and Opportunity subindex. On the Health and survival subindex, Belgium lies in the 52 position; it occupies the 73 position for Educational Attainment.

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Every year, the World Economic Forum publishes its Global Gender Gap report (it’s now in its ninth year), a report which indexes 142 countries and ranks them based on gender disparities in four key “subindexes” or categories (which themselves comprise a number of indicators): Health and Survival, (to provide an overview of the gap between women’s and men’s health, using indicators such as the ratio of female life expectancy, over the male value and female mortality rate at birth over the male value). Educational Attainment, (to establish the gap in educational standards between men and women, through the ratio of female literacy rate over the male value and also the ratios of female enrolment in primary, secondary and tertiary education over the male values. Economic Participation and Opportunity, (to determine wage discrepancies and the participation of women in the labour force compared with men) and Political Empowerment, (to establish the gap between men and women who hold high political office, through the ratio of women to men in top political and ministerial-level positions). Countries are assigned a rating of between 0.00 (non-existent equality) and 1.00 (full equality).

To be included in the report, a country must have data for at least a dozen of the 14 indicators used in the report.

You can view the full report here.

 See Also: The Top 10 Worst Countries for Women

Where does your country sit on the Global Gender Gap report? Are you satisfied with the progress being made? Share your comments below…

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