Denmark is the country closest to achieving the goal of gender equality, according to a new report recently published by UK-based NGO Equal Measure 2030 — but no country has achieved total gender equality yet.
The Sustainable Development Goals Gender Index for 2019 report analyzes how governments are tracking on their commitments to promote gender equality. The report does so by compiling data and assessing countries’ progress on goals laid out by the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The report ranks 129 countries, representing of 95% of the world, on a scale from 0-100, where 100 indicates complete achievement of gender equalityacross all areas of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including access to health, education, and clean water. A score of 59 or below on the scale indicates a substantial failure to establish gender equality when it comes to everything from education to energy resources to economic opportunity.
At the top of the list for gender equality across the board was Denmark with an overall score of 89.3, according to the report’s data. It was closely followed by a number of European countries, including Finland, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands.
The United Kingdom ranked 17th, while the United States came in at 28th and scored “fair,” tying with Bulgaria at a score of 77.6.