New Zealand ranks among top ten nations on gender equality

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The index measures how opportunities and participation differ for men and women across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics. It's the second year that the organization has recorded worsening economic inequality. "With more than 50 years having passed since the inauguration of the nation's first female prime minister in 1966, maintaining its global top 20 ranking on the political empowerment sub-index will require India to make progress on this dimension with a new generation of female political leadership", says the report.

Global Gender Gap Report 2017India slips 21 places to a lowly 108, lagging behind China and even BangladeshGENEVA/NEW DELHI A decade of slow but steady progress towards better parity between the sexes has come to a screeching halt if the statistics given by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The World Economic Forum has said that it will take 217 years until women have equal pay and representation in the workplace.

The report said that there was an "overall mixed picture and continued stalling of progress at the global level".

Women will have to wait 217 years before they earn as much as men and have equal representation in the workplace, research said, revealing the widest gap in nearly a decade.

The Nordic countries led the pack overall while the Philippines was the best-ranked country in Asia in 10th place.

But it continues to lag behind in economic participation and opportunities for women in particular.

The gender gap in education could be closed within the next 13 years, says WEF.

This is slightly down from the 68.3% measured past year.

Last year, WEF said women would achieve economic equality in 170 years, down from 118 years in 2015. "On average, 66 per cent of women's work in India is unpaid, compared to 12 per cent of men's", the WEF report said.

And the situation varies greatly in different countries and regions.

Among the world's 20 leading economies, France fared the best, taking 11th place overall, up from 17th place previous year and 70th place in 2006. The country, WEF said, has closed 88 per cent of the gender gap.

Yemen, then Pakistan, Syria, Chad and Iran, ranked lowest.

Among the world's 20 leading economies, France fared the best, taking 11th place overall, up from 17th place past year and 70th place in 2006.

Although India ranks 15th on the parameter of political empowerment, the report suggests that women need to participate actively in Indian politics to maintain this position. They're buoyant in the parity rankings overall, but only because they have risen in other areas-for instance, there are more women in senior political positions.