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  • Number of countries with women in highest position of executive power 1960-2021

    Mar 1, 2021 | Historical Data

    The highest position of executive power has been held by a woman in just 58 countries, since 1960. The first democratically elected female Prime Minister was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, who took over the leadership of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party when her husband was assassinated in 1959. Bandaranaike successfully led her party to victory in three elections, in 1960, 1970 and 1994, however constitutional changes in the 1980s meant that her final term as Prime Minister was spent in a more ceremonial role, while the President now held the real executive power (although the President at this time was also a woman; Bandaranaike's daughter, Chandrika Kumaratunga). Sri Lanka is one of just thirteen countries that has had more than one woman in the highest position of executive power, and most of these countries can be found either in the Indian sub-continent or in Northwestern Europe. Of these thirteen, New Zealand and Finland are the only countries to have had three female leaders, including the current Prime Ministers; Jacinda Ardern and Sanna Marin. Longest-serving female leaders The women who have served the longest consecutive terms in these positions are Angela Merkel of Germany (currently in her 15th year; will likely be around 15 years and 10 months at the end of her term), Dame Eugenia Charles of Dominica (14 years, 328 days), and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia (12 years, 6 days). The longest non-consecutive terms were held by Indira Gandhi of India (16 years, 15 days) and the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina (almost 17 years in total). Slow progress Since 1960, 73 women have held the most powerful positions of executive power in their respective countries, although over one third of these women were acting in a temporary capacity, or they replaced previously-elected leaders and were never re-elected in their own right (the shortest term was held by Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, who was the Acting President of South Africa for just 14 hours in 2008). Since Bandaranaike was first elected in 1960, the number of women in power has grown slowly, with the fastest growth coming in the past twelve years. The most recent addition to the list of female leaders was on March 13, 2020, when Katerina Sakellaropoulou was appointed as the first elected female President of Greece (although a number of women were elected Head of Government or more ceremonial Head of State roles throughout the year). Despite this growth in recent years, there has never been more than 19 women in these positions of power in a single year, which is less than 10% of the number of men who have held these positions (as today, there are 193 UN member states). At the beginning of 2021, there were 12 UN member states with women in the highest position of executive power; although this number rises to 14 when Tsai Ing-Wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the acting President of Kosovo, Vjosi Osmani, are included.

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  • Number of years until gender gaps are closed worldwide 2020, by region

    Jan 15, 2020 | Population

    Progress towards gender parity is proceeding at different speeds across geographic areas. As of 2020, it was estimated that gender parity would be achieved in Western Europe in 54 years. In East Asia and the Pacific, however, gender parity was not forecast to be reached for another 163 years. At the moment, Western Europe has the smallest gender gap worldwide. The Global Gender Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education, and health-based criteria. In 2020, the leading country was Iceland .

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  • Richest women in the world 2020, based on net worth

    Mar 18, 2020 | Business Enterprise

    Alice Walton was the wealthiest woman in the world as of March 2020. The daughter of the Walmart founder reached 54.4 billion U.S. dollars in net worth that year. The granddaughter of the L'Oréal founder, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers was the second richest woman in the world, with a net worth of 48.9 billion U.S. dollars.

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  • The global gender gap index 2020

    Dec 16, 2019 | Employment

    The statistic shows the global gender gap index of top 50 countries for 2020. The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education, and health-based criteria. In 2020, the leading country was Iceland with a score of 0.87.

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  • The EU Gender Equality Index 2020, by type of inequality

    Oct 16, 2020 | Employment

    In 2020, the European Union scored 88 points for health in terms of gender equality. The most unequal indicator was power, with an index of 53.5. The Gender Equality Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education, and health-based criteria among the countries of the European Union. A score of 0 indicates that there is no gender equality, while 100 points indicates that gender equality is achieved. Sweden was the most equal country among the 28 countries of the European Union that year.

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  • COVID-19 vaccines contract size in doses by country and region 2021

    Feb 12, 2021 | Biotechnology

    As of the end of February 12, 2021, India has secured a total of some 2.2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses through contracts. The European Union made pre-purchase agreements for nearly 1.84 billion doses in total with various manufacturers. This statistic shows the size of COVID-19 vaccine contracts based on total number of doses secured by countries. However, the overwhelming majority of these doses have yet to be produced and delivered.

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  • Approval of the COVID-19 economic relief bill in the U.S. March 2021, by party

    Mar 4, 2021 | Economy

    During a February to March 2021 survey, 74 percent of surveyed adults in the United States, who said they were Democrats, said that they strongly supported the 1.9 trillion U.S. dollar COVID-19 economic relief package currently moving through Congress. Among the Republican respondents, around 44 percent said that they were strongly opposed to the relief package.

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  • Views on the media treatment of members of the Royal Family 2021

    Mar 4, 2021 | Celebrities

    In March 2021, CBS aired a revealing Oprah Winfrey interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, regarding their rift with the British Royal Family. This was just over a year after the couple announced that they would begin to restrict media access to their lives. Harry and Meghan have had a tough relationship with the press throughout their marriage, and 50 percent of British adults thought that Meghan had received an overly critical treatment from the media just prior to this interview, with 44 percent believing the same of Harry's treatment. By contrast, the media treatment of Harry's brother Prince William, was seen by just five percent of people as being overly critical.

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  • China's foreign exchange reserves 2008-2020

    Feb 28, 2021 | Currencies

    In 2020, the foreign exchange reserves in China amounted to over 3.2 trillion U.S. dollars. Over the past years, the forex reserved had remained relatively stable.

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  • Market share of soft drinks in Japan 2020, by category

    Feb 15, 2021 | Non-alcoholic Beverages

    Ready-to-drink tea dominated with a share of about 30 percent the domestic soft drinks market in Japan in 2020, while lactic acid drinks held a market share of only two percent. Non-alcoholic beverages are mainly sold through supermarkets, while vending machines are the second most common distribution channel for soft drinks in Japan.

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