How Countries Stack Up: The GDI
The GDI or Gender-Related Development Index is a measurement calculated by the UN Development Programme to capture the disparity in achievement between men and women within the larger Human Development Index or HDI.
factors are considered: relative life expectancy at birth, adult
literacy rates, combined gross enrollment rates for all levels of
education, and estimated earned income for men and women. Lower GDI
scores indicate less inequality.
- The ten countries
performing best on GDI rank include the Nordic countries (Iceland,
Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands), along with Australia,
Canada, Switzerland, France, and the United Kingdom. The United States
finishes 16th out of 157 countries.
- The 10 countries with the worst GDI rank are all in Sub-Saharan Africa.
data on 2008 figures, included in a recent Statistical Update to the
GDI, shed even more light on gender inequalities, including a ranking
of how countries fare when their overall Human Development Index scores
are compared to their Gender-Related Development Scores.
- Sweden tops the list in achievements of women relative to its overall development levels.
the U.S.’s rank drops to 106th out of 157 when women’s development in
America is considered as a percentage of overall development.
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