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Equality for women only in 131 years, Austria falls

Equality for women only in 131 years, Austria falls

Austria has fallen to 47th place out of 146 countries in the global ranking of equality between men and women published by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

In terms of equality for women, Austria fell by 26 places compared to 2022. This is due, among other things, to the field of politics, where The percentage of female ministers decreased Important. It also includes women as heads of state and their share in Parliament. On the other hand, slight improvements in gender equality were noted in the areas of business, health and education.


I landed in first place again IcelandFollowed by Norway, Finland, New Zealand and Sweden. Germany, Nicaragua, Namibia, Lithuania and Belgium took places six to ten. A third of European countries occupy the top twenty. The taillights within Europe are Hungary, the Czech Republic and Cyprus.

Within Europe, Austria is only in the lower midfield and ranks 22nd out of 36 countries surveyed after Serbia, France and Luxembourg. The situation has improved further compared to the previous year in Estonia (22nd), Norway and Slovenia, which improved by ten places and is now in 29th. The WEF saw the clearest deterioration in Austria, France (40th) and Bulgaria (65th).

Gender equality will last another 131 years

Globally, the gender gap has narrowed only slightly in the past year. If the world continues to move too slowly towards equality, the gap between women and men will only close in 131 years, the World Economic Forum estimates.

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SPÖ responded to the global gender gap report on Wednesday by criticizing the government. He criticized the deterioration of 26 seats as “a sign of the inadequacy of this federal government.” SPÖ Women’s President Eva-Maria Holzleitner Women’s Minister Susan Raab (ÖVP) was accused of not having effective initiatives regarding gender equality policy. Pay transparency, mandatory parental leave for both parents, and statutory entitlement to childcare are important factors in advancing equality policy.