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[afro-nets] The Global Gender Gap Index 2010

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 The Global Gender Gap Index 2010

Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University

Laura D. Tyson, University of California, Berkeley

Saadia Zahidi,World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum - Geneva, Switzerland 2010

Available online PDF [334p.] at:

“….., is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based 
disparities and tracking their progress. The Index benchmarks national gender 
gaps on economic, political, education- and health based criteria, and provides 
country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income 
groups, and over time.

The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience 
of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by 
reducing them. The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings 
are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing 
gender gaps.

The first part of this chapter reviews the underlying concepts employed in 
creating the Global Gender Gap Index and outlines the methods used to calculate 
the Index. The second part of this chapter presents the 2010 rankings, global 
patterns and regional performance and calls attention to notable country cases. 
Next, we provide an overview of the links between gender gaps and the economic 
performance of countries. In the fourth part of this chapter, we have also 
provided information on the trends revealed by the Index in the five years that 
we have been producing it.

The Country Profiles contained in Part 2 of this Report give a more detailed 
picture of the relative strengths and weaknesses of each country’s performance 
compared with that of other nations. The first page of each profile contains 
detailed information on over 30 gender-related variables, presenting both the 
original data used to create the Index and other variables that reflect some of 
the legal and social factors affecting gender disparity in each country.

Measuring the Global Gender Gap - There are three basic concepts underlying the 
Global Gender Gap Index:
First, it focuses on measuring gaps rather than levels.
Second, it captures gaps in outcome variables rather than gaps in means or 
input variables.
Third, it ranks countries according to gender equality rather than women’s 
empowerment. ………”


The Global Gender Gap Index 2010

Appendix A: Tracking the Gender Gap over Time

Appendix B: Regional and Income Group Classifications, 2010

Appendix C: The Spread of Minimum and Maximum Values by Indicator


List of Countries

User’s Guide: How Country Profiles Work

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