The Global Gender Gap Report 2013 benchmarks national gender gaps of 136 countries on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria. The Global Gender Gap Index was developed in 2006, partially to address the need for a consistent and comprehensive measure of gender equality that can track a country’s progress over time.
The index points to potential role models by revealing those countries that – within their region or income group – are leaders in dividing resources more equitably between women and men than other countries, regardless of the overall level of resources available. The Global Gender Gap Report 2013 is published by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.
The Report emphasizes persisting gender gap divides across and within regions.
“No single measure can capture the complete situation of half of the world’s population. The Global Gender Gap Index seeks to measure one important aspect of gender equality: the relative gaps between women and men, across a large set of countries and across four key areas: health, education, economics and politics. “
The Global Gender Report 2013 contains a set of five Appendixes which cover a variety of topics from the tracking of the Gender Gap over time to a set of Policy Frameworks for Gender Equality. It also provides a list of country profiles, with detailed analysis of each individual situation.