The global challenges of gender inequality

“Gender inequality refers to unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on their gender It arises from differences in socially constructed gender roles.” 

Gender inequality remains a major barrier to human development. Through the Global Gender Gap Report, the World Economic Forum quantifies the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks their progress over time, with a specific focus on the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics.  Below there is a map of countries ranked according to calculated gender gaps.The darker the blue is, the less of a gap there is between men and women.

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The map is from the The global gender gap report 2016 and it covers 144 countries. Despite massive progress, women’s rights remain a critical issue throughout the world especially in regions like North Africa and the Middle East. Gender inequality is a global challenge.

Girls and woman made major strides and has gotten more rights ever since 1990, but have not yet gained gender equality. Way too often women and girls are discriminated, when it comes to health, education, political representation, labour market and so on.

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Gender equality is necessary for us to be able to live in a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. To provide women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent, work, and representation in political and economic discussions, sure will benefit all societies and the worlds humanity.

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