NZ women close the gap

– As most of you will know, New Zealand is one of my favorite countries in the world.   Here’s a piece about the advances women are making in New Zealand in terms of gender equality.

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New Zealand is among the top 10 countries in narrowing the gender gap, says a major new report. But we’re still some way off true equality of the sexes.

The Gender Gap Index 2006, a collaboration between Harvard University, London Business School and World Economics Forum, said New Zealand had the seventh-smallest gap between men and women out of 115 countries.

The index measured gaps in economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment.

Our overall score was 0.714, where 1 represented total equality.

We were particularly strong in political empowerment and education, and had relatively more women in high-skilled professions than any other country.

Predictably, Scandinavian countries dominated the top five, with Sweden coming first with a score of 0.813. The United Kingdom came ninth, Australia 15th and the United States 23rd. No country scored a perfect one.

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