Key global findings of the reports
- Iceland is declared as the most gender-equal country in the world for the 12th time, which is followed by Norway, Finland, and Sweden.
- The five most-improved nations in the overall index are Lithuania, Serbia, Timor-Leste, Togo, and United Arab Emirates. These countries had narrowed down their gender gaps by at least 4.4 percentage points or more.
- Western Europe had remained the most progressed region with the gender parity at 77.6%.
- The Middle East and North Africa region again remain the area with the largest gap of 60.9%.
- Three new countries have been assessed for the first time: Afghanistan with 44.4% of the gender gap, rank- 156th), Guyana (72.8%, rank- 53rd), and Niger (62.9%, rank-138th).
- In the report, global gender gap analysis is based on the following patterns:
1. Gender gap in Political Empowerment
- The gap under this category remains the largest of the four gaps tracked. The gap has been further widened since the 2020 edition of the report by 2.4 percentage points.
- At the current rate of progress, the World Economic Forum estimates that it will take more than 145.5 years to attain gender parity in politics.
2. Gender gap in Economic Participation and Opportunity
- It is the second-largest of the four key gaps tracked by the index. A marginal improvement was seen in the gap since the 2020 edition of the report and as a result, we estimate that it will take another 267.6 years to close the gap.
3. Gender gaps in Educational Attainment:
- In Educational Attainment, 95% of this gender gap has been closed globally, with 37 countries already at parity.
- The index estimates that on this current trajectory, it will take another 14.2 years to completely close this gap in terms of gender.
4. Gender gaps in Health and Survival
- Globally, the average distance completed to parity is at 68%, a step back compared to 2020 (-0.6 percentage points).
- On its current trajectory, it will now take 135.6 years to close the gender gap worldwide