The recently launched Global Gender Gap Report 2007 shows relatively large differences between countries throughout the world when it comes to inequality between men and women. In particular, the gap between women and men on economic participation and political empowerment is wide.
The top 3 places are taken by Sweden, Norway and Finland. They have all closed over 80% of the gender gap. Of the countries in Europe, Italy - which is positioned at 84th place - is doing worst.
The report shows that there is correlation between the gender gap and national competitiveness. In other words, by giving women the same rights, responsibilities and opportunities as men, a country will increase its competitiveness.
If you don’t have time to read the report, then get a short overview by watching this 2½ minute interview.
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