Wow. Canada, for all of Harper’s claims, is not getting any better. For women especially, the road is getting harder. It’s bad enough that anti-women-rights advocates like Woodward and Ambrose are putting up roadblocks to women working to gain equality, the government’s attitude towards women is becoming more and more dismissive.
The Global Gender Gap Index, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, 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 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 educing them. The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing gender gaps.
Looking at this chart it’s disheartening to see countries like Philippines, Nicaragua and Cuba ahead of Canada in terms of gender gap.
X-posted at Let Freedom Rain