The most recent edition of the 2022 Global Gender Gap Index report shows that Guyana is now ranked 35 out of all 146 countries in closing the gender gap.
Although no country has yet achieved full gender parity, the top 10 economies have closed at least 80% of their gaps, with Iceland (90.8%) leading the ranking table in this year’s 2022 Global Gender Gap Index report.
This is the 16 edition of the report and Guyana has moved up 18 spots towards gender parity since ranking at 53 last year.
Barbados leads for Caribbean Countries at 28 while Jamaica is a close second at 34.
The Global Gender Gap Index measures scores on a 0 to 100 scale and scores can be interpreted as the distance covered towards parity (i.e. the percentage of the gender gap that has been closed).
The cross-country comparisons aim to support the identification of the most effective policies to close gender gaps.
In 2022, the global gender gap closed by 68.1%.
The report states that global generational loss which occurred between 2020 and 2021 has significantly slowed the rate of progress towards full gender parity.
At the current rate of progress, it will take 132 years to reach full parity, while leading up to 2020, trends indicated it would close within a century.
Guyana is one of the countries leading for gender parity in health and survival.
The Latin America and the Caribbean region ranks third in the overall index. Within this region; Guyana, Peru and Chile showed the most significant improvement.