Tuesday, 1 November 2016
In 2016 the World Economic Forum ranked Australia in the top tier when it came to educational attainment – with females having an equal literacy rate, comparable rates to males when it came to primary and secondary school enrolments and, a much higher rate of enrolment in tertiary education.
Yet this year Australia ranks 46th out of 144 nations on the Global Gender Gap Index. In 2006 this country managed 15th place out of 115.
In terms of ranking for economic participation and opportunity Australia was placed 42nd.
However, in terms of wage equality for similar work (equal wage), high-income classified Australia now ranks 60th and 57th on estimated earned income - females on average earning est. 37 per cent less per annum than males.
In overall ranking the countries which do better than Australia are from 1 through to 45; Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Rwanda, Ireland, Philippines, Slovenia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Burundi, Germany, Namibia, South Africa, Netherlands, France, Latvia, Denmark, United Kingdom, Mozambique, Estonia, Bolivia, Belgium, Lithuania, Moldova, Cuba, Barbados, Spain, Belarus, Portugal, Costa Rica, Argentina, Luxembourg, Canada, Cape Verde, Bahamas, Poland, Columbia, Ecuador, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Lao PDR, Trinidad and Tobago & the United States.
When it comes to the number of women with seats in parliament or holding ministerial positions, Australia ranks 50th and 75th respectively.
At this rate Australian women will reach full economic and political parity with men in about 200 years.