The Swiss think tank World Economic Forum (WEF) released on Wednesday (31st) the “Global Gender Gap Report” targeting 156 countries around the world. Behind 63rd place Italy.
Kyodo News reported that Iceland has taken the lead for 12 consecutive years. The Nordic countries such as Finland and Norway followed closely behind. New Zealand ranked fourth, and the top rankings were all countries with women as leaders. In Asia, the Philippines ranks 17th, Singapore 54th, South Korea 102nd, and China 107th. Myanmar, which has continued to be chaotic after the coup d’état, also ranks 109th, both ranking higher than Japan.
Japan ranks 120th this year and ranks 121st among the 153 countries reported last December 2019, always at the lowest level.
The “Global Gender Gap Report” started in 2006, scoring four areas of politics, economy, education, and health to calculate the rankings of countries. Japan is ranked 147th in the field of political participation due to fewer female parliamentarians and cabinet officials, which is the lowest rank of the entire list. In the economic field, Japan ranks 117th due to the low percentage of women in management.
Regarding the forecast of the time required to eliminate the global gender gap, the last report was 99 years, and this time it was about 135 years due to the loss of employment opportunities caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The World Economic Forum is known for hosting the “Davos Summit” where political and business leaders gather. This year’s summit will be held in Singapore in August due to the impact of the epidemic. The gender gap report was published in autumn and winter in previous years, and this time it was also postponed due to the epidemic.