October 28th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Nicaragua is far outpacing Costa Rica and is the only country in Latin America to place in the top ten overall rankings in the world in the latest Global Gender Gap Report, published today by the World Economic Forum.
Nicaragua, in 6th place amongst the 142 countries ranked, was only topped by Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark in terms of gender equality, and is the only Latin American country in the top ten, according to the report.
Costa Rica, for its part, has dropped to the 48th place globally compared to 31st place last year, the second consecutive year that Costa Rica’s ranking has slipped.
In the Latin American and Caribbean region, Costa Rica ranks in 9th place.
The report “ranks 142 countries on their ability to close the gender gap – making sure women are not held back – in four key areas: health and survival, education, politics and economic equality,” according to the World Economic Forum.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based nonprofit foundation which describes itself as an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.
The WEF is best known for its annual winter meeting in Davos, which brings together some 2,500 top business, political and intellectual leaders.