Elina in Finland emailed me this morning suggesting that we discuss the latest World Economic Forum report on gender equality. She writes: ‘I live in one of the most successful countries in the survey, but I think this might capture people’s minds also in other parts of the world’. You’re not wrong Elina, the story’s being carried on news sites and blogs in most countries.
(If you’re wondering about this picture, it’s of a gender equality campaigner in Afghanistan – more here.)
I’ll let you look at the full news story, but the key points are that on pay and work status, the gap is closing far more than political representation. However, the gap remains in every area in almost every country which raises these (and many other) questions:
– Is gender equality a realistic goal? Are the societies we live able to support such a fundamental change in how we live?
– Is the idea that men and women can have equal opportunity in every part of their lives fundamentally flawed?