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21 September, 2018 12:40:54 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 21 September, 2018 11:29:37 AM

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Bangladesh second most gender equal country in Asia

World Economic Forum Index
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Bangladesh second most gender equal country in Asia

Bangladesh is the second most gender equal country in Asia but 1st in South Asia, as per the Global Gender Gap Index of World Economic Forum. The 2018 report published on its website says the country has climbed several notches up since last year’s report, reaching 47th place in the global ranking.

The latest report highlights the areas of outstanding performance in Asia’s top 10 gender-equal states by analysing their economic, education, health and political opportunities.

In educational opportunities it ranked 111 and 7th in political opportunities and 125th in health and survival index. “Bangladesh has closed almost 72 percent of its overall gender gap, with advances in every aspect of the Economic Opportunity and Participation indicator,” it says. Along with Bangladesh as a region South Asia has improved its ranking ahead of Middle East and North African regions.

Bangladesh has made improvements in creating equal opportunities for legislator, senior official and manager roles, as well as professional and technical roles. The report shows, greater parity exists in the country’s Estimated Earned Income and Wage Equality for Similar Work indices, despite seeing the healthy life expectancy gender gap widen slightly. Philippines tops the list of Asia’ 10 most gender equal countries followed by Bangladesh, Mongolia, Lao PDR, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Cambodia.

Since 2006, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index has raised awareness of gender disparities around the world. It also looks at areas where these countries face challenges in closing specific areas of the gender gap. Despite a shrinking gender gap in many parts of the world, a lot of works still need to be done to fully eradicate inequalities between the male and female sexes.

According to the report, Asian economies that recognise the contribution of gender equality to their economic success could lead the way in shrinking the gap further.

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