South Korea's Own Gender Equality Index
New metric to lead to framework for bridging gap
- The South Korean Ministry for Gender Equality is introducing the country’s gender index to highlight gaps requiring monitoring by the appropriate government offices.
- The index will list 27 indicators ranging from national gender ratio to the pay gap to how many hours women spend on household chores. (The report did not say whether it would also count the number of hours men put in.)
- Announcing the metric in its annual report, the ministry said it would be used to establish a framework for long-term women’s policy.
- While this is South Korea’s first gender index, the UN Development Programme’s Gender Empowerment Measures ranked the country at No. 61 among the 109 countries.
The Korea Herald report