Huge strides have been taken towards gender equality during the past few decades, but there’s still a way to go. In the area of work, for example, women still earn between 10 and 30 per cent less than their male counterparts. And they have to spend at least twice as much time as men doing unpaid domestic work too. Aside from cultural aspects, a key enabler to gainful employment is education, but here too the playing field is far from level. And for some reason there are far less women than men in political and managerial positions. The charts on the following pages give some insight into just how equal women aren’t in all regions of today’s world.
This chart shows the percentages of economically active men and women participating in the labour forces of the largest developing countries for which data is available. To show the gender gap in earnings, the third bar shows women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s for those same countries.
Worldwide there are still over 900 million adults and youths who cannot read or write a simple sentence, and two-thirds of them are women. This chart lists the 13 countries with the lowest literacy rates (excluding the countries that don’t want their literacy estimates to be published).
The table below provides an overview of CBI-supported countries in which women are least represented in government. For comparison purposes the respective percentages of women in (bicameral) parliaments are given for 2007 and 2012.
Finally while the “developed” world actively promotes gender equality there are areas in which practice could be more in line with preaching. According to the OECD (Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development) the so-called “glass ceiling” still covers much of its corporate world, with women still disadvantaged in senior management. This chart shows the percentages of women and men on the management boards of listed companies in 10 OECD countries, along with the OECD average.