The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

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Gender gap widening in The Netherlands per World Economic Forum report



Iceland once again topped the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, as it did in 2018.

The Netherlands, on the other hand, headed in the opposite direction, and drastically. It tumbled 11 places down the list and now ranks #38 in the world. The list, topped by the usual Scandinavian quartet (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland), also features the likes of Nicaragua, Rwanda, and Costa Rica ahead of the Netherlands. In Western Europe & North America subcategory, the Netherlands does not even crack the Top 10.

The Global Gender Gap Report tracks 153 countries on their progress toward gender equality based on four areas: economic participation, education, health and survival, and political empowerment. Of the 153 countries surveyed, 101 have taken steps in reducing the gender gap, however, the Netherlands is amongst those where it is widening. The results are attributed to a lack of female influence in politics.

The report also concludes that it will take roughly 100 years until the global gender gap is fully closed.