Global report shows gender inequality is higher in Romania than in Bangladesh or Zimbabwe

Newsroom 29/10/2014 | 08:12

It will take the world at least 81 years for the gender gap to close, according to a Global Gender Gap Report released Tuesday by the World Economic Forum. Romania ranks 72nd out of 142 countries in The Global Gender Gap Index 2014 with a score of 0.694 (0= equality, 1= inequality). Romania lost two positions compared to the same Index in 2013.

Through the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, the World Economic Forum quantifies the magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracks their progress over time. While no single measure can capture the complete situation, the Global Gender Gap Index presented in this Report seeks to measure one important aspect of gender equality: the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics.

Romania rankings:
60th for economical participation with a score of 0.683;
63rd for educational attainment with a score of 0.994;
37th for health and survival with a score of 0.979;
91st for political empowerment with a score of 0.119.

With the exception of Hungary, all of Romania’s neighbors in the region show a much better standing in terms of gender equality: Bulgaria ranks 22nd, Moldova – 25, Serbia – 54 and Ukraine – 56.

Globally, Romania is surpassed in the Index by Mozambique (27), Zimbabwe (63), Botswana (51), Mongolia (42) and is almost on the same level with Bangladesh (68), Russia (75) and Senegal (77).

Iceland comes in first in the Gender Equality Index, with a score of 0.8594, followed by Finland (0.8453), Norway (0.8374), Sweden (0.8165), Denmark (0.8025), Nicaragua (0.7894).  The top 10 countries in the world that promote gender equality is completed by Rwanda (0.7854), Ireland (0.7850), Philippines (0.7814) and Belgium (0.7809).

 Download full Romania report here.

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