Gender Equity Index (GEI) 2008
Table of contents
- GEI values in 2008
- Evolution of the GEI 2008
- Recent evolution of the GEI components
- SW Gender Equity Index 2008
- Education Gap
- Economic Activity Gap
- Empowerment Gap
- The stairway to gender equity
- Money and equity do not go hand in hand
- The Best
- The Worst
- TECHNICAL NOTES
- GEI by region
- Czech Republic: CZECH VERSION OF THE GENDER EQUITY INDEX 2008 (pdf)
- Italy: ITALIAN VERSION OF THE GENDER EQUITY INDEX 2008 (pdf)
- GENDER EQUITY INDEX 2008 - FLASH VERSION
More than half the women in the world live in countries that have made no progress in gender equity in recent years. This is the main conclusion of the Social Watch 2008 Gender Equity Index (GEI) which, for the first time, shows recent evolution and trends in bridging the gap between men and women in education, the economy and empowerment.
The GEI 2008 illustrates that the greater equity levels to be found in education are not paralleled by acceptable levels in the economic field nor in the empowerment of women. Political empowerment is the area where most progress has been made in recent years as a result of active policies, yet economic equity shows disparate results, with as many countries regressing as those where there is progress. In education equity is comparatively closer, but the trend for many countries is to regress.
Difficulties in reaching equity cannot be justified by a lack of resources: the GEI mapping and that of each of its components show that – regardless of income levels – each country can reduce gender disparity through adequate policies.
The GEI has been computed for 42 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, 37 in Europe, 28 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 17 in the Middle East and North Africa, 18 in East Asia and the Pacific, 7 in Central Asia, 6 in South Asia and 2 in North America. Together these countries represent more than 94% of the world's population.
FOR THE PRESS
Emily Joy Sikazwe