Apparently, the recently released 2010 Human Development Report (HDR) added three new indices to the Human Development Index (HDI). They are The Multidimensional Poverty Index, The Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, and the Gender Inequality Index.
The Gender Inequality Index ranks countries by taking account of five indicators: 1) maternal mortality ratio, 2) adolescent fertility rate, 3) the share of parliamentary seats held by each sex, 4) secondary and higher education attainment levels, and 5) by women’s participation in the work force.
This index is (supposed to be) “a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health, empowerment and the labour market.”
Saudi Arabia, which ranks 55 in the “high human development” category, ranks 128 in the Gender Inequality Index.
Here is the new Gender Inequality Index:
Here is the Human Development Report webpage on it:
Many details here for different interpretations in different ways…
…Update from 2012 (and comment #70 below):
Out of 187 countries in the 2011 Human Development Index, the United States ranks 47, the United Kingdom ranks 34, and Canada ranks 20 in the 2011 Gender Inequality Index.
You can download a PDF of the 2011 Gender Inequality Index (with rank and indicators listed in the order of the more comprehensive Human Development Index) by clicking and/or saving here:
You can download a PDF that provides a graphical presentation of the human development indices, including the gender inequality indicators, here:
You can download a PDF of Frequently Asked Questions about the Gender Inequality Index here:
The Google Public Data Explorer “enables users to view a wide range of international development statistics, and then graph and contrast different sets of figures. Anyone with Internet access can now readily compare the HDI performance of (for example) China, Egypt, India, Norway, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Sudan, Tunisia and the United States, graph the results, and share their newly created charts and maps with friends by email.”
Here is a webpage for this wonderful tool:
Readers can find some basic Google Public Data Help for using the tool here: