Sunday 25 August 2019

A world gender gap report has just been published - and Ireland hasn't fared too well

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Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Ireland has fallen two positions to eight in the latest World Economic Forum (WEF) global gender gap report.

The report, which looks at economic participation, education, health, and politics, found that Ireland had widened its health and survival gender gap, with the country ranking just 96 out of 144 countries in this area.

Unsurprisingly, given the current Government cabinet, the country also saw a decrease in gender parity in the number of women in ministerial positions.

More positively, Ireland maintains a fully closed gender gap on educational attainment from last year, sharing the top spot with a number of other countries in this area.

Meanwhile the country also had an increase in gender parity in the number of legislators, senior officials and managers, continuing a steady trend which began in 2013.

Overall the country ranks seven places above the UK in the gender gap report.

Ireland also ranks above a number of major European powers including France, which was ranked 11, and Germany, which was ranked 12.

For the ninth year in a row Iceland took the top spot, with Norway and Finland completing the top three.

The WEF report benchmarks 144 countries on their progress towards gender parity across four dimensions; economic participation and opportunity, educational levels, health, and political empowerment.

The most improved countries were Bulgaria, which jumped 23 spots to 18, and Canada, which jumped 19 spots to 16.

Burundi ranked first out of all the countries surveyed for economic participation and opportunity, while a number of countries including Argentina, Brazil, Japan, and Cambodia took the top spot in the area of health and survival.

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