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Issue No.64
  • :0973-1156
  • :November
  • :2021

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 64, November 2021


Sombre tidings

The Gender Gap Report 2021

By Ahana Lakshmi (, Independent Consultant, Chennai

In this year’s Global Gender Gap report, 156 countries have been benchmarked with the sombre tidings that there has been a step back compared to 2020 and as an extra 36 years have been added to the time remaining to close the gender gap. The 2018 report had stated that the world had closed 68 percent of the global gender gap, as measured in terms of four key pillars: economic opportunity; political empowerment; educational attainment; and health and survival. These figures had seen marginal improvement in the intervening years.

The 2021 report says that the gender gap is at 68 percent, with the deterioration partly attributed to a widening political gender gap in several large population countries. Iceland remains the most gender equal country for the twelfth time. The five most improved countries this year h