· Two thirds of people in the world who cannot read are female.
· Nearly seventy percent of the world's poorest people are female.
But Canadians should remember that the tragic gaps in aboriginal health outcomes continue unabated. This past May, the RCMP released a breakdown of 1,181 cases of aboriginal women who disappeared or were homicide victims. While aboriginal women make up 4.3 percent of Canada's population, they account for 16 percent of female homicides and 11.3 percent of missing women. The Prime Minister is on the wrong side of history in his refusal to launch a public inquiry to study the appallingly high number of missing and murdered aboriginal women.
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Canada's health and survival ranking is particularly troubling as the gap between men and women globally is narrowest in the category of health and survival. In fact, 96 per cent of the gap between men and women has been closed and 35 countries show no difference between outcomes for men and women.
Assessing The Definition Of Gender Equality Sociology Essay
Since then, the world has witnessed tremendous progress, including a marked decline in maternal mortality rates and an increase of women in the workforce. In fact, the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s 2014 Gender Gap report found that gender equality has improved in 105 countries since its survey began in 2006.
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Yet Canada's ranking on the WEF's Gender Gap Index has fallen from a high of 14th of 115 countries in 2006 to 31st of 130 nations in 2008. It then flat-lined -- hovering between 18th and 21st position since 2010.