The Netherlands climbs five places on WEF Global Gender Gap Index 2018

The Netherlands climbs 5 places on the new Global Gender Gap Indexof the World Economic Forum (WEF). This index provides insight into the inequality between men and women in 149 countries. The latest edition of the report shows that the Netherlands has made progress in the field of labour participation. Women have also started to earn more. Especially with regard to the number of women in politics, there is still some catching up to be done; worldwide progress in this area is also disappointing. 

Based on current developments, the WEF expects that it will take more than 100 years before economic equality between the two sexes is realised. The Erasmus Centre for Business Innovation(ECBI), affiliated with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), is a partner institute of the WEF. Prof. Henk Volberda, professor of strategic management and business policy at RSM and scientific director of the ECBI, collected data for the Netherlands with his team.

In this WEF annual report, 149 countries are compared and insight is gained into the progress made in reducing inequality between the two sexes in four areas: 

  • economic participation and opportunities
  • access to education
  • health care and life expectancy
  • political influence. 

The so-called "Global Gender Gap Index" is central to this. The score can vary from 0 (inequality) to 1 (equality). The full report (in Dutch) can be read online.

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