Israel Lags Behind Most Developed Countries in Gender Equality
Israel ranked 31st on the inaugural SDG Gender Index of non-partisan organization Equal Measures 2030
Israel lags behind most developed countries in gender equality, according to a new report. The country was ranked 31st on the inaugural SDG Gender Index released earlier this week by non-partisan organization Equal Measures 2030. The organization is a partnership between civil society and private sector entities dedicated to promoting and achieving gender equality by 2030. Among the criteria affecting gender equality, which the report examined, were poverty, education, health, and violence against women.Education equality is the criteria where Israel got its highest score of above 90. It scored over 80 in seven additional criteria. Its lowest scores, under 60, were for climate, including female representation in climate change-related politics, and for partnerships, which includes government spending on social assistance and openness of gender statistics.
The index measured the progress of 129 countries when it comes to 51 gender equality targets outlined in the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, scoring their policies from zero to 100. No country on the index achieved a perfect score that would mean gender equality has been achieved in its domain.
Israel scored 76.7, while the U.S., ranking at 28, scored 77.6. The U.K., ranking 17th, scored 82.2, and Germany, slated at 7th place, scored 86.2. The highest ranking country was Denmark with 89.3, followed by Finland, Sweden, and Norway, with scores of 88.8, 88, and 87.7, respectively. The worst ranking countries on the list are Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and Yemen, all scoring below 45.
A protest against gender inequality in tech in Tel Aviv last year. Photo: Orel Cohen