For the inaugural post for this blog timed to release on International Women’s Day 2016, it seemed fitting to chart the performance of the countries for which there is data against two of the most often cited indicators of gender equality, representation in national parliaments and the gender wage gap.
Overall, the trend is broadly what we would like to see, since 2000 on average women’s representation in national parliaments has gone up and on average the gender wage gap has decreased. But looking more closely we see that the gender wage gap was decreasing until 2012 but increased in 2013. This is a worrying change.
Increasing representation in national parliaments is most definitely a welcome trend. But with the average in 2013 hovering at just under 27%, it is clear that there is still a long way to go before the percentage of women in the World is reflected in the make up of our decision-making bodies.
Click on the link above to explore the graphs and maps in more detail. Use the map, check boxes and date slider to compare trends for countries you’re interested in. Please leave any comments below, I will do my best to reply as quickly as possible!
Just a note on data availability. The representation in national parliaments data is taken from the World Bank database of indicators and can be found here: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SG.GEN.PARL.ZS
The data on gender wage gaps is take from the OECD and can be found here: http://stats.oecd.org/index.aspx?queryid=54751
There is data on national parliament representation for many other countries than what is shown here but data on the gender wage gap is limited. Because I wanted to show trends in both indicators for countries side-by-side, I decided to limit what was shown here to those countries for which both indicators were available.
This underlines the need for more countries to collect and share gender-relevant data.
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