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Gender Equity Index 2012: The gap has not reached an “acceptable” level in any country

■ Mongolia narrowed the gap putting legislation into force
■ Brazil reached a low score in political empowerment, although the president is a woman
■ Social Watch Italy: “The economic crisis could represent an opportunity to change”

The achievements made by women all over the world towards equity in education are still very far from making an impact on their having a fair share in the economy or in political power. This can be concluded from the updated figures of the Gender Equity Index (GEI) 2012, published by Social Watch on the eve of International Women’s Day, March 8. None of the 154 countries considered in the study has narrowed the gender gap to an “acceptable” level.

Europe and North America are at the top with an average GEI computed of 73. It must be noted, however, that not all of the European countries do well in closing the gender gap. Albania (GEI=55) and Turkey (GEI=45), for example, scored bellow the global average.

The East Asia and Pacific region is third in the list with an average GEI value of 69. Closely behind are the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, with average GEI of 68, and Central Asia with average GEI of 64. Sub-Saharan Africa comes next with average GEI of 52. At the bottom of the list are the regions of Middle East and North Africa with average GEI of 43, and South Asia with average GEI of 39.

Download:
GEI by region http://www.socialwatch.org/node/14368

GEI by country: http://www.socialwatch.org/node/14367

Read more: http://www.socialwatch.org/node/14372
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