Gender Gap Index: Bangladesh stays top in S Asia

World Economic Forum: Women will cover gender pay gap in two centuries

Bangladesh tops in South Asia in gender equality

Geneva: The World Economic Forum released its annual global gender gap report in which 144 countries were ranked.

Tunisia has improved slightly with a score of 0.651 from 0.629 ten years ago (the score of 1 representing total parity) and is now ahead of other Arab states. The country ranked 108th in the Enrolment in Primary Education indicator. To resolve the gap in the positions of the two sexes, according to the world economic forum, will take at least 100 years.

Praising Bangladesh for doing phenomenally, the report says, the country's 47th ranking is a further consolidation of "its position as the region's top performer and climbs several spots this year, recording progress across all dimensions of the economic opportunity and participation subindex".

No doubt, the report states, India succeeded "in fully closing its primary and secondary education enrolment gender gaps for the second year running, and, for the first time has almost closed its tertiary education gender gap", but regrets, "It continues to rank fourth-lowest in the world on health and survival, remaining the world's least-improved country on this subindex over the past decade". However, in some areas the gap will take twice more time.

Women will have to wait 217 years before they earn as much as men and have equal representation in the workplace, research said, revealing the widest gap in nearly a decade. The report found that the average rate of men's literacy is 21.3 higher than the average rate for women.

It's helpful, though, not to look at this one statistic in a vacuum. And pointing to the obvious in the subindex for "Years with a female head of state", the report notes that Morocco has made zero progress.

"According to the report out of the 142 countries covered by the Index both this year and last year, 82 countries have increased their overall gender gap score compared to last year, while 60 have seen it decrease".

Twenty-seven countries around the world increased gender equality in the field of education compared to 24 countries in 2016, and 34 countries increased gender equality in the field of health and survival compared to 38 countries in 2016. For instance, the report concluded that globally, the gap between men and women's educational opportunities will disappear in a mere 13 years. In terms of political representation, equality between men and women is expected in 99 years.

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