Gender gap closing - but only in some areas

The World Economic Forum has released a report indicating that although gender equality ratios have improved in 85 percent of countries over the past six years, particularly in the areas of health and education, economic participation and political empowerment for women has failed to match the progress of health and education. Political empowerment, in particular, lags behind with the report indicating that only 18% of the gap between men and women has been closed in this arena.

This report, “Global Gender Gap”, follows on from a 2006 report and illustrates the gender-disparity gap between men and women across 135 countries. Disappointingly, Australia ranks at number 23 in terms of gender equality - below many of our Western counterparts such as the UK and US, and well below New Zealand which comes in at number 6.

The Global Gender Gap report can be downloaded from the World Economic Forum (direct PDF download).

The report provides an interesting global perspective in the wake of last week’s announcement of the inaugural research study into Australian philanthropic funding for women and girls, conducted by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Queensland University of Technology for the Australian Women Donors Network (AWDN). It also throws a spotlight on the visit to Australia later this month by international visitor Abigail E. Disney. Abigail is a member of the Walt Disney family who has stepped aside from the famous surname to take on a role as social activist filmmaker, humanitarian and philanthropist.

The Australian Women Donors Network will be holding two gala events with Abigail in Melbourne (Tuesday 29 November) and Sydney (Thursday 1 December). There will also be an exclusive philanthropy masterclass, held in both Melbourne and Sydney, where Abigail will present about the strategies and success of her non-profit organizations - Peace is Loud and the Daphne Foundation. More information about Abigail’s visit is available from the Australian Women Donors Network.

Nov. 03, 2011

 Tags: research & information, recommended reading, events

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