FACTS: RWANDA RANK HIGHER THAN UK IN GENDER EQUALITY

The UK has fallen from the top 20 in the global rankings for gender equality, a study by the World Economic Forum (WEF) shows. Commentators attribute the fall to low levels of female economic participation.

In the annual Global Gender Gap report released on October 28, the UK was reported to have fallen 8 places in the rankings from 18 to 26, its lowest score since 2008. The UK was beaten in the rankings by middle income and developing countries such as Rwanda and the Philippines.

While the study showed that some aspects of gender equality, such as enrollment in education, had improved, the UK failed to secure a place in the top four of any of the measurable categories: health, education, politics and the economy.

The lowest scoring economic sectors showed that the UK lacks equality in both male to female ratio and wage equality, meaning that women who perform the same roles as men are less likely to be paid an equivalent amount.

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