UK 18th in global gender gap report

The UK slips a couple of places in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2012 and the gap gets wider when it comes to economic opportunities.

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
The World Economic Forum has published its annual gender gap report and it’s not the best of results for the UK.  The UK took the 18th spot overall – just behind South Africa and Luxembourg – two places down from its 16th position last year.

And when it comes to equal opportunities in the workforce, the UK ranked even worse. The UK is ranked at a lowly 33 for economic participation and opportunity. There has also been a decrease in the number of women in top political roles. The percentage of women in UK ministerial roles fell from 23% to 17% in the last year.  

The gender gap report, which started in 2006, tracks 135 countries and measures the size of a nation's gender gap in four areas: Educational attainment, health and survival, economic participation and opportunity, and political empowerment.

It’s even-stevens in the first of those two, but the gap remains wide in the latter two. There’s a long way to go yet.

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