The best – and worst – countries for gender equality have been revealed, and the results might just surprise you.
While we might be our own worst critics when it comes to things that need improving here in New Zealand, there are some things we’re already doing better than most.
The World Economic Forum just released their Global Gender Gap Report, which ranks 145 countries in the world according to gender equality.
Taking into account economic, educational, health based and political factors, the index also looks at how well each country leverages their female talent pool.
Somewhat unsurprisingly it was the Scandinavians who came out top once more – with Iceland taking the number one spot.
This is due to the country boasting an all-female political party, a parliament that is almost 50/50 male to female, and enviable maternity policies.
In Iceland, both parents receive 3 months paid leave that is non-transferable, which has led to 90% of new dads taking their paternity leave. New mothers have been able to return to work faster than ever, meaning they’re not left out of the working loop.
Norway, Finland and Sweden are hot on Iceland’s heels, with the somewhat surprising next additions of Ireland, Rwanda and the Philippines.
And us Kiwis aren’t doing too badly either, with New Zealand coming in at 10th place.
While men still earn on average $14,000 more than women, the number of women involved in professional or technical careers, and who were enrolled in tertiary education surpassed numbers of men doing the same.
It was out political empowerment that really let New Zealand down, with the ratio of women to men being just half of what we needed. Likewise women in ministerial positions was shockingly low.
- MoneyMoney expert Mary Holm reveals how much money you really need in the bank when you retire - and it's not as much as you think
The Australian Women's WeeklyToday 12:10pm
- RoyalsFlower arranging and cute cookies: Inside Duchess Meghan's gorgeous baby shower
Now To LoveToday 10:00am
- BodyKiwi teen's bizarre diagnosis: 'You have a plant growing in your ear'
Now To LoveToday 8:20am
- RoyalsWho are all the celebrity guests at Duchess Meghan's baby shower?
Now To LoveYesterday 3:00pm
- Parenting NewsZoe Marshall urges: don't kiss other people's babies on the mouth
Now To LoveYesterday 1:31pm
- RoyalsBeyonce and JAY-Z just made a surprising tribute to Duchess Meghan in their Brit Awards acceptance speech
Now To LoveYesterday 12:05pm
- Celebrity NewsCoro Street's new bad girl - Connie Hyde reveals what it's like playing Sally's sister Gina
New Zealand Woman's WeeklyYesterday 9:22am
- TVSir David Attenborough the legend: how he's still producing groundbreaking TV series at age 92
New Zealand Woman's WeeklyYesterday 9:00am
- RoyalsSerena Williams joins Duchess Meghan for a night out in New York City
Now To LoveYesterday 8:30am
- Married at First SightMAFS' Elizabeth and Bronson speak out about the developing affair between Sam and Ines
Now To LoveYesterday 8:00am
- Celebrity NewsLady Gaga has called off her engagement to Christian Carino
Now To LoveFeb 20, 2019