Countries and companies can be competitive only if they develop, attract, and retain the best talent, both male and female. While governments have an important role to play in creating the right policy framework for improving women's access and opportunities, it is also the imperative of companies to create workplaces where the best best talent can flourish. Civil society, educators, and media also have an important role to play in both empowering women and engaging men in the process. To mobilize various stakeholders and to keep track of progress, it is important that there are quantitative benchmarks widely available. Since 2006, through the "Global Gender Gap Report" series, the World Economic Forum has been quantifying them agnitude of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress over time. By providing a comprehensive framework for benchmarking global gender gaps, this report identifies countries that are role models in dividing their resources equitable between women and men, regardless of the overall resource level. No single measure can capture the complete situation of half of the world's population. The Global Gender Gap Index seeks to measure one important aspect of gender equality: the relative gaps between women and men, across a large set of countries, and across four key areas: health, education, economics, and politics. To complement this information, the Country Profiles contain a comprehensive set of supporting information that provides the broader context on gender parity laws, social norms, policies, and outcomes within a country.