World Economic Forum ranks Rwanda the strongest performer in Global Gender Gap
Geneva, 27 October 2014
Rwanda has yet again scored highly in women empowerment scorecard. According to the Global Gender Gap Report released yesterday by the World Economic Forum ranked Rwanda first in sub-Sahara and seventh worldwide respectively out of 142 countries analysed.
The overall high ranking can be explained by Rwanda’s strong performance on the Political Empowerment subindex and good performance on Economic Participation and Opportunity subindex.
The study shows that Rwanda closed its gender gap mainly on Labour force participation, Enrolment in primary education, Sex ratio at birth and Women in parliament.
The report measures gender-based disparities across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics.
“Some of the most compelling findings regarding the benefits of gender equality are emerging from companies,” according to Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, in the report’s preface. “For example, companies that include more women at the top levels of leadership tend to outperform those that don’t.”
“As this Report shows, good progress has been made over the last years on gender equality, and in some cases, in a relatively short time,” he added. “Yet we are far from achieving equality of opportunity or equality of outcomes.”
In fact, the study shows that less wealthy countries trumped those with larger GDPs. This year, for instance, Nicaragua (6), Rwanda (7) and the Philippines (9) ranked higher than the United States (20th) and United Kingdom (28th).
The WEF gathered the data through a series of indexes, including information from the International Labour Organization, the UNESCO Institute for Statistic and the World Health Organization. The overall score for a country is calculated with “an un-weighed average of each subindex score,” according to the report.
See the full report here