Bratislava, Slovakia – Central European countries lag in the ‘Women Peace and Security (WPS) Index 2019’, an international gender equality ranking compiled by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
When it comes to gender equality and women’s rights, Visegrad Group countries remain among the worst performers in the EU, according to this year’s annual WPS Index. The ranking is structured around three basic dimensions to examine the level of women’s well-being in given societies: inclusion (economic, social, political), justice (formal laws and information discrimination) and security (at the individual, community and societal levels).
Coming at the 25th place worldwide, Poland ranks first among Central European countries, confirming previous estimates that ranked Poland among the 10 best OECD countries for women to work. The Czech Republic (30th) and Slovakia (35th), two countries known for having some of Europe’s highest gender wage gaps, trail slightly behind, with Hungary (49th), the third-lowest ranking among EU member states, bringing up the rear.
Among EU countries, only a handful of countries, like Croatia (32nd), Malta (36th), Bulgaria (39th), Greece (51st) and Romania (53rd), fare worst than Visegrad Group states.
Worldwide, the most gender-equal countries in the world are all located in Europe, with Norway taking the top spot, followed by Switzerland (2nd) and Finland and Denmark, tied at the third place. Then come Iceland (5th), Austria (6th), the United Kingdom (7th), Luxembourg (8th), the Netherlands and Sweden (tied at the 9th place).
In the wider CEE region, Estonia comes first (ranked 12th worldwide).
At the other end of the scope, the five least gender-equal countries in the world are Chad, Sudan, Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic.
The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) index aims to assess and analyze women’s well-being and empowerment in 167 countries around the world, reflecting, according to its authors, “a shared vision that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights and opportunities”.
You can find the complete results of the study right here.