Gender Equity

Gender equity has slowly become a central feature on the international development agenda since the first UN Conference on Women in 1975. A commitment to gender equity requires more than ensuring men and women equal access to services. It requires countries to implement significant social, political, and economic changes to advance women’s rights and opportunities.

The Gender Equity domain measures each country’s global citizenship commitment in three major areas: the extent to which countries have signed and ratified international conventions related to gender equality; the level of countries’ cooperation with the United Nations regarding conference attendance, reporting requirements, and voluntary funding contributions; and the extent to which countries have implemented the principles of the conventions. Implementation is generally measured by current conditions in the country and therefore looks more at results of countries’ actions regarding implementation rather than the actual process of implementation. The six indicators to measure implementation for the Gender Equity Domain are: Health; Education; Income and Employment; Political and Decision-making Power; Freedom from Violence; and Legal Status and Protections. There is also an additional indicator to account for current events in gender equity.

For a quick look into some of the key results and findings in the Gender Equity domain, read the Gender Equity Domain Summary Brief here.

An overview of the domain methodology and results can be found using the navigation bar to the left. More detailed information on methodology as well as individual country write-ups can be found in the complete Gender Equity Domain Report.