Iceland ranked in first place ahead of 72 other countries on the Environment and Gender Index (EGI), which was revealed in Warsaw, Poland today.
The EGI seeks to study and measure how well – or poorly – nations are doing as they work towards gender equality in environmental decision making and sustainable development.
According to EGI’s report (.pdf file), Iceland was a “top performer in most categories,” with “lower performance on women in COP delegations [Conference of the Parties, which is held under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change]; female managers, senior officials, and legislators; and country-reporting on CBD [Convention on Biological Diversity] and CEDAW [Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women].”
In fact, every country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development filled the top of the list of 72 countries.
At the same time, the poorest performer was the Democratic Republic of Congo, while the US earned the unique distinction of having the “highest performance on percentage of women without anemia,” but also having “lower performance equal to Greece and Bangladesh on women in policy-making positions.”