Iceland tops global gender equality index

According to new figures from the World Economic Forum (WEF), Iceland remains the country with the highest level of equality between men and women for the second year in a row.

134 countries are in the WEF list, with Nordic countries dominating: Iceland top, Norway second, Finland third, Sweden fourth and Denmark 7th. Lesotho in 8th and the Philippines in 9th are the highest non-Western nations.

According to the BBC, the report measures equality in politics, education, employment and health.

“Nordic countries continue to lead the way in eliminating gender inequality,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. “Low gender gaps are directly correlated with high economic competitiveness. Women and girls must be treated equally if a country is to grow and prosper.”

The WEF revealed that in all nations surveyed, the gap between men and women was lowest in health and education, but highest when it comes to economic participation and opportunity. Countries with higher proportions of women in government scored well.

Iceland is undoubtedly helped in the list by having a female head of government in Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir. Every year in Iceland women gather in a massive rally for gender equality and have been doing since the 1970s. Women strike back 2010

The program this year on 24th and 25th October in Reykjavik is women‘s campaign against violence and sexual abuse. On Sunday, October 24, there will be an international conference and side events. On Monday, October 25, there will be a protest march and an outdoor meeting in downtown Reykjavik, the Women Strike Back website says.

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