What is the policy relevance of the GII?

The GII provides insights into gender disparities in health, empowerment and labour market in 159 countries. It can help governments and others understand the ramifications of gaps in achievements between women and men. The component indicators highlight areas in need of critical policy intervention. The GII, as any other global composite index, is constrained by the need for international comparability. But it could be readily adapted for use at the national or local level.