Here is an interactive heat map showing gender inequality across the world based on each country’s Gender Inequality Index (GII), which according to the number of factors (e.g. maternal mortality rate, the number of seats women hold in government bodies, the labor force participation rate). The lower the GII number, the better gender equality in the country.
According to the map, we can see that gender equality in European countries are higher than countries in other areas as all the top ten are European countries, while the top three are the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark. We may be surprised that the U.S. ranks while Canada and U.K. ranks 18 and 34 respectively.
Women in Yemen, Afghanistan, Niger, Saudi Arabia, and Congo are living in the least gender equal society.
Map users can mouseover the countries to see the actual GII in the tooltips and see if you agree with the map. GII is just an index for giving us basic concept about the gender equality in various countries while realistic situation can be various depends on regions (rural areas and cities), how the media treats women, women status in family (e.g. role in parenting and marriage).
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This heat map is simple and net enough for showing the GII report with tooltips however, this map can be more informative by providing detailed information for specific countries (e.g. external links to related news, videos, background information of the country).
Since the first legal same sex marriage took place in Amsterdam in 2001, there have been 15 countries (e.g. certain states in US, part of Mexico, Australian Capital territories) legalized it within these 12 years. However, there are still some countries do not accept homosexual (e.g. Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen).
According to below image, it seems that homosexual is more acceptable in Europe that most of the European countries allow same sex marriage, and same sex unions are allowed. Please note that homosexual can be punished by imprisonment in some of island countries in Oceania:
This gay marriage map can be converted into multilevel interactive map that detailed information can be added to each countries with popup infobox, and map legend can be created for indicating various region colors.
Here is a video tutorial about creating multi-level maps: