About Sustainable Development Goals Gender equality index
The gender index was created by Equal Measures 2030, a civil society and private sector partnership that includes the Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (Arrow), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Data2X, the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), KPMG International, ONE Campaign, Plan International and Women Deliver.

The index, covering 14 of the 17 SDGs, measures countries on 51 issues ranging from health, gender-based violence, climate change, decent work and others. The global average score of the 129 countries-which represents 95% of the world’s girls and women- is 65.7 out of 100 (“poor” in the index scoring system). No one country is the world’s best performer-or even among the world’s top ten performers-across all goals.

The overall index score and individual goal scores are based on a scale of 0-100. A score of 100 reflects the achievement of gender equality in relation to the targets set for each indicator. For example, that 100 per cent of girls’ complete secondary education or that there is around 50-50 parity for women and men in Parliament. A score of 50 signifies that a country is about halfway to meeting that goal. Scores of 59 or below have been rated “very poor”.

India’s performance
India ranks 95 out of 129 countries, below countries such as Ghana, Rwanda and Bhutan in a new gender equality index. Out of a maximum score of 100 based on the country’s performance on the gender parameter of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) India scored 56.2. India, along with neighbours Pakistan and Bangladesh, lost out on the education index.

Denmark tops the index, followed closely by Finland, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands. The countries with the lowest scores in the index — Niger, Yemen, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Chad – have all faced internal conflicts in recent years.