There is an interesting correlation between happiness and gender equality. Today I will tell you that using global reports published on happiness and gender equality. Even though World Happiness Report 2016 states that the more a country attains gender equality, more they will be happy because of equitable distribution of assets, a detailed analysis of these two reports however proved otherwise.
A comparison of top 20 most happy countries in 2016 World Happiness Report and their corresponding ranking of Gender Equality as mentioned in 2016 Global Gender Gap Report found that 13 out of 20 countries that had gained maximum happiness in last one decade have all slipped in their gender equality ranking –
Out of rest of the seven countries, such data was not available for three countries and only the other four countries have shown improvement in gender parity while also being happier.
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 –
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 to 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 belonged 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 falls at the lower end of gender parity. In terms of overall happiness index, they fall below but we need to understand that 2016 happiness index also included factors like per capita GDP, Social Support and Healthy Life Expectancy where the third world countries are at a clear disadvantage –
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 that feminist nations as the happiest ones contrary to the fact that in order to gain gender equality, nations need to lose their happiness.