When it comes to gender equality and economic opportunity for all India ranked 108th, behind countries like Ghana (72), Kenya (76) and even Bangladesh (47), a report by World Economic Forum (WEF) revealed on Wednesday.
Having once held a position of 9th in the world in 2006, the United Kingdom was 15th overall in 2017 in terms of its gender gap, a ranking generated from ratings in four areas; health, education, the workplace and political representation.
New Zealand has closed 79 percent of its overall gender pay gap, putting it at ninth place.
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Looking at the individual pillars of the index, the report finds that in 2017, the 27 countries have now closed the gender gap in educational attainment, three more countries than previous year. Women in the USA do find parity with men in educational attainment and get close on metrics of health and survival.
While India's economic participation, educational attainment and political empowerment ratio speaks of female proportion to male in society its "health and survival" ratio speaks of sex ratio at birth (converted to female-over-male ratio).
The organization described 2017 as "a bad year in a good decade", noting that the global gender gap will take exactly 100 years to close at the current rate of progress.
Last year, WEF said women would achieve economic equality in 170 years, down from 118 years in 2015.
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The country to rank first on the gender gap index was Iceland. "In most economies around the world there is a reverse gender gap with more women than men occupying these professional and technical positions".
The Netherlands dropped 16 places on the World Economic Forum's annual gender equality ranking.
In case of China, 44 per cent of women's work is unpaid, while for men the figure stood at 19 per cent.
This year's report sees no new entrants to the top 10, which is dominated by smaller Western European countries, and particularly the Nordics with Iceland, Finland, and Norway occupying the top three positions. Last year South Korea was No. 116. The Philippines is also the only Asian country in the top 10 of the rankings. The political dimension holds the widest gap but is also exhibiting the most progress, despite a slowdown this year.
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Women fared much better in education, where equality could be reached within 13 years, WEF said, while closing the gap in political empowerment could take a further 99 years.