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Global Gender Gap Index | India ranks 129th on list, THIS country leads ; Check full list

Iceland leads the rankings, followed by Finland, Norway, New Zealand, and Sweden in the top five​

Reported by:  PTC News Desk  Edited by:  Shefali Kohli -- June 12th 2024 01:28 PM
Global Gender Gap Index | India ranks 129th on list, THIS country leads ; Check full list

Global Gender Gap Index | India ranks 129th on list, THIS country leads ; Check full list

Global Gender Gap Index |  The Global Gender Gap Index, published by the World Economic Forum, benchmarks gender parity across four dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment. It tracks progress in closing gender gaps globally, highlighting disparities and advancements annually​. 

As reported by the Global Gender Gap Index, India has slipped to 129th place in the list, a drop of two positions from the previous year. 


Iceland retains its top spot in the rankings. 

Within South Asia, India ranks fifth, trailing behind Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, while Pakistan holds the lowest position in the region at 145th.

On a global scale, Sudan is ranked last among the 146 countries assessed. India is among the economies with the lowest levels of economic gender parity, sharing this status with Bangladesh, Sudan, Iran, Pakistan, and Morocco—all of which have less than 30% gender parity in estimated earned income.

Meanwhile, the World Economic Forum (WEF) reports that 68.5% of the global gender gap has been closed, but at the current rate, it will take 134 years—or five generations—to achieve full gender parity. The gap has only improved by 0.1 percentage points since last year.

"Despite some bright spots, the slow and incremental gains highlighted in this year's Global Gender Gap Report underscore the urgent need for a renewed global commitment to achieving gender parity, particularly in economic and political spheres," WEF Managing Director Saadia Zahidi said.

"We cannot wait until 2158 for parity. The time for decisive action is now," she added.

Iceland leads the rankings, followed by Finland, Norway, New Zealand, and Sweden in the top five​


- With inputs from agencies

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