Belgium ranks tenth in Global Gender Gap index

Belgium ranks tenth in this year’s Global Gender Gap report published by the World Economic Forum. Belgium wins ground, rising one spot in comparison to 2013. The top 5 is made up by the Scandinavian countries, with Iceland ranking first, followed by Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The worst scoring country is Yemen, where the gender gap is only closed for 51 percent.

The report investigated 142 countries and takes into account things such as wages, participation in high-skilled employment, accessibility of higher education and how well women are represented in the government and decision making-structures.

Globally, the World Economic Forum indicates a small improvement of gender equality in the workplace. However, there is still a long way to go. The World Economic Forum warns that if the gap continues to close at the rate it is doing now, it will take another 81 years for women and men to become truly equal when it comes to economic participation.