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Women's Rights and WEF Gender Gap Index

posted Sep 24, 2015, 8:15 PM by Peter Lang
Although Taiwan and the rest of the developed world have made a lot of advancements in gender equality in recent decades, there is still a lot of work to do. Every year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) releases the Gender Gap Index to rank every country in terms of gender gap. This is determined by looking at economic participation, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. As expected, most of the top countries are in northern Europe (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, etc) but there are a few surprising countries in the top 20, like the Philippines, South Africa, and Lesotho. One frustrating part of this index is that it does not include Taiwan because of China's involvement in the WEF. So there is no data for Taiwan to compare it to other countries. Our students are challenged with coming up with these numbers by themselves through their own research. Can you help them? Watch the Powerpoint presentation and videos to learn more.