Sexual equality is still a long way off in Spain
17 May 2005, MADRID — The proverbial 'macho iberico' or Latin macho man appears to be alive and well in Spain after statistics revealed the country had one of the worst record of sexual inequality among developed countries.
17 May 2005
MADRID — The proverbial 'macho iberico' or Latin macho man appears to be alive and well in Spain after statistics revealed the country had one of the worst record of sexual inequality among developed countries.
A study for the World Economic Forum (WEF) found Spain ranked 27th out of 58 countries.
It came 22nd out of 30 members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development which includes only developed countries.
And in the EU, Spain was fifth from bottom of the 25 states.
The WEF ranked nations on five criteria, including equal pay and access to jobs.
Other factors were representation of women in decision-making structures, equal access to education and access to reproductive healthcare.
The study measured equality in terms of economical, political, educational and differences in health.
Spain came fifth in terms of equality in terms of healthcare.
But the differences between the sexes were most marked in terms of economic discrimination against women in the labour market.
The survey found women in Egypt are the furthest behind men in terms of economic equality, while no country has closed the "gender gap" entirely.
Sweden has the smallest difference between the sexes, followed by Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Finland, according to the WEF.
The report singled out the US for particular criticism, saying it "lags behind many Western European nations".
It was a "disturbing fact" that women still trailed men, the WEF said.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news