As the following statistics show, there are huge differences in the types of inequality faced by women in different parts of the world - from cultural representation, to domestic burdens and child marriage.
But through collective action and shared ownership, change is possible.
The BIGI as reported here is the average of the BIGI of the years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. The calculation of each year uses exactly the same methodology. The BIGI is the average of the three ratios is education, healthy life span, and life satisfaction.
Importantly, a value of 0 means that there is a good balance between these three, but it does not necessarily mean that the society is doing well for its citizens (as noted before).
For example, you may have a long life and be quite satisfied with your life situation, but if you haven’t had a basic education, you likely have missed important opportunities.
Equally, you may be very well educated and be satisfied with your life situation, but that is all less meaningful if your healthy lifespan is too short.
Around the world, the achievements of women are being celebrated on International Women’s Day, which began back in 1911.
But the day also highlights the work that remains to be done in order to achieve gender parity.
It found that only Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Sweden scored full marks on eight indicators - from receiving a pension to freedom of movement - influencing economic decisions women make during their careers.
According to the Forum’s Global Gender Gap report, only 22% of the world's AI professionals are female, compared with 78% who are male.