Lithuania leading world’s top-20 list in terms of equality fo genders
Lithuania has made it to the top-twenty list of countries worldwide in terms of security of equal opportunities for men and women, outmatching its neighbors and some of the EU’s old-timers.
According to the World Economic Forum that estimates economic, legal and social gaps between the genders, in 2007 Lithuania placed 14th, advancing by 7 places from 21 in 2006 as the BNS reported.Lithuania has been given a 72.3 percent score, while 100 percent means absolute equality and 0 percent — total discrimination.Latvia (73.3 percent) has moved up by 6 positions over a year to the 13th place, Estonia (70.1 percent) placed 30, one step above its position as of last year.
Lithuania’s another neighbour, Poland placed 60th, with a score of 67.6 percent.Lithuania and Latvia took the top position is a separate group of countries with average-earning population. In its report, the WEF says that the countries’ advance was primarily driven by smaller gender gaps in labour force participation and wages. This year, the rating covered 128 countries compared to 115 as of last year. In rating the countries, the WEF estimates equality of genders in four main categories: economic participation and opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment and health and survival.
Just like in 2006, the top of the list contains Sweden (81.5 percent), Norway (80.6 percent), Finland (80.4 percent) and Iceland (78.4 percent), and the worst rating worldwide goes to Yemen (45.1 percent), Chad (53.8 percent), Pakistan (55.1 percent) and Nepal (55,8 percent).In the EU, the worst ratings were given to Italy (65.0 percent) at 84th place, Cyprus (65.2 percent), Malta (66.1 percent) and Greece (66.5 percent).The biggest improvement was made by Russia (68.7 percent), climbing from the 82nd place to place 44, and France (68.2 percent), advancing from the 70th to the 51st place. Nicaragua, Botswana and Mongolia demonstrated the biggest drop.