GEI and Per Capita Income

Differences in income between countries are not directly correlated to gender inequity. Countries such as Rwanda, Nicaragua, Bahamas and Philippines have reached high levels of equity, even when many women and men live in poverty. On the other hand, in countries that have acceptable average social indicators, such as Japan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, these satisfactory figures mask the fact that there are huge gaps between men and women. This shows that equality in the structure of opportunities in a society is a goal that must and can be pursued regardless of economic power.