Iceland most gender equal country in the world, World Economic Forum finds

Friday, 21 Dec, 2018

Having closed more than 85.8% of its overall gender gap, Iceland holds the top spot in the Index for the 10th consecutive year.

The World Economic Forum says women will be waiting 107 and 202 years to respectively close political and economic gender gaps.

A year ago was the first since the report began publishing in 2006 that the gap between men and women widened. In October, Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was among scores of Icelandic women who walked out of their workplaces to protest wage inequality and sexual harassment.

Although the number of women in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) has increased in recent years, they still only account for about 30 percent of the world's researchers, the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO says.

"New forms of insights can help policymakers, employers and education institutions understand and prepare for the technological changes that are transforming the global economy", said Allen Blue, Co-Founder and Vice-President, Product Strategy, LinkedIn.

The WEF calls for proactive measures to prevent the divide from growing in other industries that are applying artificial intelligence, including male-dominated fields such as manufacturing, hardware and networking. It also studied the phenomenon of "missing women" in countries, including the Philippines, where families prefer to have sons over daughters.

"The economies that will succeed in the fourth industrial revolution will be those that are best able to harness all their available talent". Only with the participation of women in the promise of a well-'ll have to implement the human-oriented future. This is the second year Canada has placed 16th in the global organization's list, which measures economic, educational, health and political disparities experienced between men and women in more than 100 countries around the world. "In fact, India actually widens the gender gap on this subindex this year". Against this Background, the be - albeit marginal - improvement this year is to be welcomed.

The gender gap in AI is of a particular worry because it's fast becoming the key industry that will guarantee you a job.

This does not mean Iceland has managed to eliminate the gender pay gap: Far from it. There have widened the gap in the case of female parliamentarians as well as civil servants and managers.

According to a 2017 study by the Brookings Institution, a US think tank, the use of digital tools has increased in 517 of 545 occupations since 2002 in the United States alone, with a striking uptick in many lower-skilled occupations.

But the gap is still an average of 32 per cent, with researchers concluding it will take two centuries to close it at the current rate. This may well take up to 108 years.