The Global Gender Gap Report 2013

The Global Gender Gap Report series provides a clear framework for benchmarking the integration of women in societies and companies worldwide. The Report measures four key areas of inequality: health, education, economics, and politics. Companies, media organizations, and universities have used these statistics as informative tools to inform policy and generate greater awareness. Three underlying concepts govern the Report: a focus on gender gaps, a focus on outcomes, and a focus on gender equality. By measuring gaps between males and females rather than overall levels, rankings are preserved from the influence of each country’s relative abundance of resources and overall development. The Report focuses on gender equality and does not reward or penalize countries in which women outperform men in the key areas. Among all countries ranked, Iceland, Finland, and Norway current rank at the top while Chad, Pakistan, and Yemen rank at the bottom. [145 words]