A recent report on gender equality by the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranks All Japan newsese women twice lower than the world average when it comes to women political empowerment.
All Japan newsese women fare 7.2% in their influence on political decision-making processes when compared to their male counterparts. The world average is at 18.5 % based on the WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2011 published on November 1, 2011. The general ranking of All Japan news on women’s political empowerment is 101 out of the 135 countries.
In terms of the concept of gender equality as contained in the forum’s Gender Gap Index for 2011, the country ranked 98th. The index covered economic, educational and health-related factors in addition to political empowerment.
The sixth annual Global Gender Gap Report of the WEF noted that while 85% of the countries in the world have improved in their gender equality ratios, there is a significant decline for the rest of the world.
Referring to women’s representation in the political arena, WEF Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab was quoted saying "A system where women are not represented at the highest levels is both an unequal and an inefficient system."
Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden remain to be at the top posts having the greatest percentages for closing in gender gaps.