UN report: Only 1% of women live in countries with high gender equality, women empowerment

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A new global report launched by UN Women and UNDP at the Women Deliver conference highlights the challenges in achieving gender equality and women's empowerment around the world.

An Overview of the News 

  • The report introduces two important indices to assess progress in women's human development: the Women's Empowerment Index (WEI) and the Global Gender Equality Index (GGPI).

Women Empowerment Index (WEI)

  • It measures the power and independence of women in various dimensions including health, education, inclusion, decision making and violence against women.

  • Globally, women achieve only 60% of their full potential, as measured by the WEI.

Global Gender Parity Index (GGPI)

  • It evaluates the position of women relative to men in key dimensions of human development, such as health, education, inclusion and decision-making.

  • On average, women achieve 72% more than men, reflecting a 28% gender gap.


  • A worrying finding is that less than 1% of women and girls live in countries with high levels of female empowerment and gender equality, while more than 90% of the female population live in countries with significant empowerment deficits and gender gaps.

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