According to the report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), South Korea came in at 108th out of 135 countries it surveyed in terms of gender equality this year. The ranking was one notch lower than the previous year and it was also similar to countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Nigeria and Bahrain.
The report analyzed the gender equality situations of each country based on 14 indices reflecting access to opportunities, life expectancy, and the number of female cabinet members in their governments. The WEF has released such rankings every year since 2006.
South Korea lagged far behind other courtiers, in particular, in terms of women’s access to economic participation and education level. It ranked 116th and 99th in each area, the report showed.
In terms of the index on health and life, Korea came in 78th, and also ranked 86th in terms of gender equality in politics.
Meanwhile, Iceland topped the list, followed by Finland and Norway in terms of gender equality. In the Asia-Pacific region, New Zealand led the pack by ranking sixth, trailed by the Philippines in eighth, Australia in 25th, Sri Lanka in 39th and Mongolia in 44th, the report showed. (Yonhap News)