Gender Equality will not be achieved in any country by 2030 index finds

Only 21 countries are projected to achieve a score of more than 80 by 2030 on an index in which 100 means full equality between men and women. 

Eliza Archer
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Why this story matters:

A check of the UN's sustainable development goals (SDG’s) gender index has revealed that not one country in the world will achieve gender equality by 2030, with recent events in America leading some to speculate that countries are even beginning to backslide.

Nordic states are often regarded as leading the way in terms of gender equality, however, even these states will fail to meet the mark.

Denmark, however, was leading the way, achieving a projected score of 89.3, where 100 is equality.

Only 21 countries are projected to achieve a score over 80, with 90 being "excellent progress". The SDG of Gender Equality includes; equal representation in parliament, equal pay and the elimination of gender-based violence.

“I don’t see any countries taking the ambitious action needed to tackle intractable problems -- even the best scoring countries… I don’t see how naturally these problems will go away. Even among the best scoring countries there are still massive problems”, said Alison Holder, director of Equal Measures 2030.

Details from the story:

  • The necessary commitments to achieve gender equality are outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that 193 countries committed to four years ago.
  • Gender Equality is goal number 5 of the SDG’s.
  • Equal measures 2030 is a partnership between civil society and the private sector and they developed the SGD index to track countries progress on the SDG’s.
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