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The World’s Most Progressive Countries for Gender Equality
29 January 2019


 Nisaa FM:- Depending on where you are in the world, you may observe different things in terms of gender equality. This is because some countries are more progressive than others. The most gender inclusive countries are actively cultivating laws and perspectives that put women on an equal playing field with their male counterparts.

Recently, the World Economic Forum announced that Iceland, France and Nicaragua are poised to be the first three countries to effectively close the gender gap. Assuming progress continues as-is, France will be fully gender neutral by 2040, Iceland by 2042, and Nicaragua by 2034.

France

In recent years, France has increased the number of women in parliament while also decreasing the wage gap. They’re also leading in educational attainment.

In an attempt to minimize sexism, new laws have been passed that ban street harassment. This is a vital component of full gender equality because it has the power to change perceptions of women at a micro level.

Iceland

For over a decade, Iceland has recorded the lowest gender inequalities of any other country. The number of women in parliament has recently fallen slightly, but they are still leading in political empowerment and wage equality for women.

Nicaragua

When thinking “gender equality,” Nicaragua may not be the first country that comes to mind. However, Nicaraguan women have made gains in education, health and political representation in recent years. However, percentages don’t tell the whole story.

Nicaragua is still the second poorest country in Latin America, so although women are closing the gender gap, this doesn’t mean they’re doing better than women in other countries. For example, gender equality for education may be ranking at the top of the charts, but the country’s education quality as a whole is still lagging behind many more developed countries.

Looking Ahead

In addition to these three countries, there are a handful of other countries who are expected to reach full gender equality by 2050, including Slovakia, Namibia and Bolivia. On the other end of the spectrum are countries like Yemen, Pakistan and Syria where gender equality is very low.

Since 2006, the global gender gap has narrowed significantly, but not at a fast pace. At this rate, it would take another century for women and men to stand on equal ground. There is still work to be done worldwide in the fight toward global gender equality, but an increasing number of countries are taking big steps in the right direction.