No country in the world is on track to achieve gender equality by 2030 – Harpers Bazaar

The first global index on gender equality has been published and shows that not one country in the world will eliminate gender inequality by 2030 if they carry on at the current rate of change. The SDG Gender Index is part of a broader agreement signed by 193 countries in 2015, in which they all pledged to tackle 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) by the year 2030, many of these relating to gender equality issues.

The results stand as evidence that no country in the index is doing enough to tackle the inequality women and girls are facing. Even in the highest-ranking countries, not enough change is taking place for true equality to be reached by the deadline.

Australia still has work to do on gender equality – Probono Australia

Australia is performing poorly on gender equality issues related to climate action and gender data, according to a global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) index.

The SDG Gender Index, launched on Monday at the 2019 Women Deliver Conference, measures the state of gender equality aligned to the SDGs, examining countries on 51 issues ranging from health to gender-based violence and climate change.

Australia ranked 10th overall in the index (out of 129 countries) and first in the Asia Pacific region, but still performed poorly on many indicators.

Anne Connell, a senior data advisor at Equal Measures 2030 which released the index, told Pro Bono News that Australia scored “poor” on climate change action (SDG 13) and the need for better gender data (SDG 17).

Melinda Gates: Why Kenyan women need more cash in their hands

Melinda says in a male dominated world, men must now be ready to support women rise in their careers

In Summary

•A woman becomes more empowered when she has finances in her hand. She’ll tell you her husband sees her differently, she sees herself differently, and her sons see her differently. 

•Says there’s very little data on women’s contribution to the economy. The existing data is sexist and it’s biased.

Leaders from around the world meet in Canada this week for Women Deliver, the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the wellbeing of girls and women.

In the meeting, advocates will launch a new SDG Gender Index that ranks Kenya 97th out of 129 countries on gender equality. The report, prepared by Equal Measures 2030, shows Kenya doing better than its peers in some areas and lagging behind in others.

Why New Zealand is lagging behind Australia in pursuit of gender equality –

BRITTANY KEOGH07:54, Jun 06 2019

New Zealand’s high rates of income inequality and poverty are pulling down the country’s global ranking in terms of gender equality.

A new report, The 2019 Equal Measures 2030 SDG Gender Index, has placed New Zealand 11th out of 129 countries.

The ranking is based on 51 indicators used to measure their progress toward achieving 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

In 2015, the countries had all committed to reaching gender equality by 2030 in a bid to end poverty and inequality. But, according to the report, no country was on track to achieve that milestone.

Equality, a distant ideal – El Heraldo

Mexico ranks 64th out of a possible 129 due to its high rate of violence against women

According to the Equal Measures 2030 report, which measures the state of gender equality around the world, no country will achieve gender equality by 2030, not even Denmark which, with 89.3 out of 100, leads the ranking of 129 countries that, in 2015, committed to generating significant changes and achieving the goal of equality in just over a decade. Mexico ranks 64th on this list. Overall, the study reports that 40 percent of the world’s girls and women, 1.4 billion in all, live in countries where gender equity is poor, while another 40 percent live in nations where it is just about passable.The report being discussed this week at the Women Deliver 2019 conferences in Vancouver, Canada, notes that no country even achieves a score of 90, which is categorized as excellent in the study, followed by 80 to 89 which is good gender equity, 70-79 fair, 60-69 poor and less than 59 very poor. At 64th place, Mexico is right in the middle with 66.9 points due to poor gender equity caused by high rates of violence against women and a lack of opportunities. “No country is taking ambitious steps to address these problems, not even those with the best scores. These problems are not going to go away, there are huge problems even among the top-scoring countries,” said Alison Holder, the project’s director. At the top of the list are countries such as Finland (88.8 points), Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Germany.

Tara Patricia Cookson and Lorena Fuentes: For women to ‘deliver,’ they need power – Vancouver Sun

Opinion: The data is important, but lack of it isn’t all that’s holding women and girls back from full equality

Author of the article:Tara Patricia Cookson, Lorena Fuentes

Last week, self-proclaimed feminist Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put his money where his mouth is. To a global audience of 8,000 gender-equality advocates, Trudeau announced that the federal government would gradually increase international aid for women’s health — including sexual and reproductive health rights — to $1.4 billion by 2023.

The announcement was made at Women Deliver, the world’s largest conference on gender equality, held in Vancouver June 3-6. Throughout the conference, Canada stood out as a global leader.

No country is gender equal in the world – The Hans

Pradeep Kumar Panda Hans News Service | 11 Jun 2019 10:48 PM IST

Equal Measures 2030 has recently released the 2019 SDG Gender Index, which finds that nearly 40 per cent of women and girls, or 1.4 billion people, live in countries that are “failing on gender equality.”

The Index reports that the world is furthest behind on SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and gender equality issues related to gender data and public finance, under SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

Funds, laws, and political intent must come together to move the needle on gender equality – The Telegraph

The significance of women’s equality as a political issue continues to be wilfully ignored by elected dispensations

If there is one thing that India has maintained, especially in the past few years, it is its consistent slide on important indices. It has already performed dismally on a number of indices, such as the gender gap index, the World Press Freedom Index and the Global Human Capital Index. India ranked 140 in the WPF index and had the lowest position among the BRICS nations on the GHC in 2017. It should, thus, be unsurprising that this streak has been maintained on yet another international marker of progress. India has ranked 95 out of 129 countries in a new gender equality index created by a civil society and private sector partnership known as Equal Measures 2030. It is no secret that women and girls have had a long history of being treated as second-class citizens in the country on a number of the parameters examined in the index — poverty alleviation, health, education, literacy, political representation and equality in the workplace. What is worrisome, however, is the steady decline in already appalling ground realities in spite of numerous efforts and interventions made by the State, the judiciary, non-governmental organizations and civil society.

Study finds most of the world failing at gender equality – Florida Courier



Nearly 40 percent of the world’s girls and women live in countries that are failing on gender equality, according to information compiled by Equal Measures 2030 and its partners.

According to the website for the project, “The 2019 SDG Gender Index measures the state of gender equality aligned to 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 129 countries and 51 issues ranging from health, gender-based violence, climate change, decent work and others. The 2019 SDG Gender Index provides a snapshot of where the world stands, right now, linked to the vision of gender equality set forth by the 2030 Agenda.”

The index reveals that 1.4 billion girls and women are living in countries that get a “very poor” or failing grade on gender equality.

Countries failing on gender equality, SDG Index finds – Daily Star

Star Health Report

Results for 129 countries measured by a new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Gender Index released by Equal Measures 2030 show that the world is far from achieving gender equality, with 1.4 billion girls and women living in countries that get a “very poor” failing grade on gender equality.

The SDG Gender Index, launched at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference recently, is the most comprehensive tool available to measure the state of gender equality aligned to the SDGs. The index, covering 14 of the 17 SDGs, measures countries on 51 issues ranging from health, gender-based violence, climate change, decent work and others.

Metas de igualdad de género para el 2030

A recent report by Equal Measures 2030 notes that, at the current rate, no country will achieve equity within the next 11 years, with Chile in  39th place on the list.

Women This Week: Gender-Balanced Government – CFR

Gender-Balanced Cabinet Appointed in South Africa

Last week, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his new cabinet, appointing women to head half of the ministries for the first time in history. South Africa joins 10 countries which have achieved gender parity in government cabinets worldwide, including most recently Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Many of the new women ministers are familiar faces in South African politics, including Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma—a former Minister of Health, Foreign Affairs, and Home Affairs—now leading cooperative governance and traditional affairs, opposition politician Patricia de Lille heading public works and infrastructure, and former parliamentary chairwoman Thoko Didiza overseeing public lands and agriculture.