10th Global Gender Gap Report Released

26th October 2016

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The World Economic Forum has found that women will not achieve equality with men for 170 years.

Through their tenth Global Gender Gap Report, the World Economic Forum quantifies the magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracks their progress over time.

While no single measure can capture the complete situation, the Global Gender Gap Index presented in this Report seeks to measure one important aspect of gender equality—the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics.

The report examined 144 countries, including Ireland, which ranks 6th in the Global Index for gender parity. We dropped one place since the last report. This is mainly due to a decline on its Economic Participation and Opportunity score, with the Index’s updated estimated earned income scale revealing a larger-than-before income gender gap.

For the first time since 2011, Ireland has fully closed its gender gap on Educational Attainment. Due to improvements on its Political Empowerment score, with more women in parliament, it joins the top five performers in this category. It is also the third-ranked country in the world for number of years with a female head of state.


Ireland’s Gender Gap By Numbers

Category                                                                    Female                       Male

Estimated Earned income ($US PPP)                      36,687                            62,144

Legislators, senior officials and managers              34%                                 66%

Women in parliament                                                 22%                                 78%

Enrolment in tertiary education                               75%                                 71%

Minutes of work per day                                             493                                 473

Proportion of unpaid work per day                          60%                                27%

Individuals using the internet                                  81%                                 79%


Read the report in full here>>