The Economist Intelligence Unit has a report on women’s economic opportunities, indexing and ranking countries’ relative performance. Leo Abruzzese discusses the general issues over at VoxEU. Let us focus on Ireland.
Ireland ranks 16th out of 113 countries. Better than most, worse than some. We cannot afford to hold back part of the workforce. Increasing productivity is one way of getting Ireland back on its feet.
Here are the factors that are keeping Ireland’s women down:
* Provisions for maternity and paternity leave
* Legal restrictions on job types
* De facto discrimination at work
* Access to child care
* Access to credit
* Adolescent fertility rate
* Non-ratification of the convention against all forms of non-discrimination against women
None of these issues were raised in the latest report on the Smart Economy. Making better use of existing resources is, apparently, not smart.