The gap in Index scores for women in high-income income economies compared to women in low income countries nearly doubled between 2020 and 2021.
Women’s ability to meet their basic needs — such as affording food — fell, while men’s ability to do so did not change.
Women were slightly more likely than men to say there were times when they did not have enough money to afford needed food (37% of women vs. 33% of men). This gap was wider in 2021 than it was in 2020 — as women lost ground while men largely remained steady.
In nearly 50 countries and territories, less than 10% of women said they were tested for cancer in the previous year.
Worldwide, just 12% of women in 2021 were tested for any type of cancer in the past 12 months, which means more than 2 billion of the world’s women went untested.