Iceland remains the world’s most gender-equal country
Iceland remains the world’s most gender-equal country for the 10th consecutive year. Iceland has managed to close more than 86% of its overall gender gap, which is the highest of all countries according to the Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2018. Also on the top of the list with Iceland are Norway, Sweden and Finland. The report covers 149 countries and assesses gender equality in politics, education, employment and health.
According to the report, progress in gender equality is not good at global level and it will take 108 years to achieve full equality between men and women in the world. The main obstacles for the gender equality is low level of political participation of women and the gender pay gap. Only seven countries have managed to close more than 50% of its overall gender gap when it comes to politics, they are Iceland, Nicaragua, Norway, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Finland and Sweden.