According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020, Spain ranks eighth in the world as one of the most advanced countries in terms of gender parity.
The World Economic Forum has just published the Global Gender Gap Report 2020, in which Spain occupies the eighth position in the ranking of the most advanced countries in terms of gender parity. Spain achieved the highest ranking in the areas of political empowerment of women and in terms of the percentage of women in ministerial posts, in the latter it has one of the highest percentages in the world. The report indicates that Spain has cut its gender gap by 79.5% surpassing countries such as Germany (78.7%), Denmark (78.2%), France (78.1%), and the United Kingdom (76.7%). Globally, the global gender gap has narrowed slightly for the first time in three years. Although according to the report, at the current rate, real parity will take almost a century to achieve, which is far too long.
Fortunately, our country is progressing in this area, based on the results obtained in this report and other international indices. For example, Spain is the third country with the highest percentage of citizens who consider themselves feminists, 44% according to the research carried out by Global Attitudes towards Gender Equality by Ipsos. This research was carried out in 2019 in 27 countries, and demonstrates that our society is one of the most committed to equality. The Spanish society is also one of the most vocal and critical in terms of the barriers and roles imposed on women in areas such as family, and the professional and educational sectors.
This study also highlights that we have the highest percentage of citizens who recognize that there is still, much to be done in terms of equality in the world of business, sports, the media and cinema. 63% of Spaniards consider that there is also a lot of work to be done in the area of family reconciliation and household tasks, in this case, we are surpassed by Serbia (73%). In terms of possible solutions to eliminate inequality between men and women, Spaniards are the nationality that most support promoting gender equality through education. This is considered by 46% of the population to be one of the most effective solutions and is followed by measures such as establishing wage equality and tougher laws to prevent violence and harassment against women.
In addition to having a society that supports equality between men and women, Spain is among the top ten most egalitarian European countries, according to a ranking by the housing startup Spotahome. The study analyses 36 states and 33 European cities in areas such as the number of women in paid work, the distribution of wealth, the gender pay gap, the presence of women in major corporations, quality of life, accessibility for people with reduced mobility, political rights and civil liberties and the acceptance of both LGBTI+ and immigrant groups.
In this classification Spain came in eighth and obtained an average score of 7.84, surpassed only by Northern European countries but still obtaining a higher score than some of the main European powers such as France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Iceland and Switzerland. Spain ranked particularly high in areas such as respecting and protecting LGBTI+ rights (8th in the ranking) and in tolerance towards immigration, where it came in 7th. At a local level, Madrid and Barcelona are ahead of other European cities such as Lisbon, Rome and London and they occupy the 25th and 26th places, respectively. The country occupies the best positions in: women´s participation in politics (positions 13 and 7 respectively) and LGBTI+ rights (positions 13 and 14 respectively). At the top of the list are the countries Helsinki, Stockholm and Rotterdam.