Belarus has fallen one place down the global rankings for gender equality from 28th most equal nation in the last audit in 2018 to 29st this time, the World Economic Forum (WEF) reports.
According to the Global Gender Gap Index 2020, Belarus is ranked 81st on political empowerment, 39th on educational attainment, 5h in economic participation and 58th on health and survival. In terms of economic participation and opportunity, it achieves the best subindex performance (83.7%).
The country is characterized by a high participation of women in the labour force (74.7%) and a remarkably high share of women in senior roles (47%). In five countries – Belarus, Latvia, Georgia, Poland and Russia – at least 40% of these senior roles are women.
The top-ranked neighbouring country, Latvia, 11th has closed 78.5% of its gap. Lithuania took 33rd place, Poland 40th, Ukraine 59th, Russia 81st. Belarus’ ranking neighbours are Estonia, Belgium, Barbados, Argentina and Cuba.
— World Economic Forum (@wef) December 18, 2019
Iceland was named the most gender-equal country for the eleventh consecutive year, while Yemen was ranked last. Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Nicaragua have also made their way to ranking in the top five most gender-equal countries.
As for the companies that have seen the most improvement are Albania, Ethiopia, Mali, Mexico and Spain take the lead. On the other side of the list are Congo, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen.
The overall gender gap has shrunk, with WEF now forecasting it will take 99.5 years for women to achieve parity on average, down from the 108 years forecast in last year’s report.