What Is The Relation Between Gender Equality And Happiness?

Even though World Happiness Report 2016 states that more a country attains gender equality more they will be happy because of equitable distribution of assets, a detailed analysis of these two reports shows otherwise.

A comparison of top 20 happy countries from 2016 World Happiness Report and their corresponding ranking in terms of Gender Equality as mentioned in 2016 Global Gender Gap Report it is found that 13 out of 20 countries that had gained maximum happiness in last one decade have all slipped in their gender equality ranking –

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Most of the gainers of happiness have lost in gender parity

Out of rest of the seven countries, such data was not available for three countries and only four countries have shown improvement in gender parity while being happy.

It is also observed that out of the top 20 countries in Gender Equality per 2016 Global Gender Gap Report, only six countries viz. Norway, Philippines, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Germany and Latvia have shown improvements in happiness and twelve countries have shown a decline –

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In order to gain gender parity countries have lost their happiness

Data for Iceland and Burundi are not available.

The above analysis clearly shows that contrary to the claim made in World Happiness Report, Gender equality can’t bring happiness in a country.

In fact, a study of top 20 countries in terms of minimum standard deviation of happiness (Figure 2.5 of World Happiness Report) or Equality of Happiness (in other words, happiness for all) only four belong to top ten in Gender Equality (better rank in std. dev. or lower std. dev. means maximum people fall near a mean value of happiness).

In fact, there are countries like Bhutan (121), Mauritania (129) and Rwanda (128) in this list that fall at the lower end of gender parity. In terms of overall happiness index too they fall below but we need to understand that this year’s happiness index also include factors like per capita GDP, Social Support and Healthy Life Expectancy where the third world countries are at clear disadvantage –

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Gender parity don’t bring Happiness for all

Only countries like Iceland, Finland, Sweden and New Zealand out of this list of top 20 countries are also in top 10 ranks of Global Gender Parity chart.

Clearly feminist controlled UN and other global bodies are trying to show feminist nations as the most happy ones contrary to the fact that in order to gain gender equality nations need to lose their happiness.

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