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Nicaragua far ahead of Costa Rica in gender equality, according to World Economic Forum

October 28th, 2014 ( 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.


(Courtesy of the World Economic Forum)

(Courtesy of the World Economic Forum)


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.


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  • Truth

    No surprise CR is shit.


    Costa Rica is now a failed state and what is left is corupt unions,congress, system aka CAJA and also the stupied lazy goverment staff.

  • Ken Morris

    You have to wonder how outfits like this come up with these rankings.

    Of the four areas–health and survival, education, politics and economic equality–CR has to get astonishingly high marks for women’s educational and political equality. Ticas complete more years of schooling than Ticos do, and when they drop out they are more likely than males to return to school as adults. By law, half the legislature is female, and in practice half the judges are etc. Structurally, women are hardly politically unequal in CR. Since I can’t imagine that women’s health an survival suffer relative to men’s in CR, the only area where CR has a gender gap is in pay. This gap is real and wrong, but I doubt that comparing it with Nicaragua’s is very revealing. In Nicaragua, everyone is poor, and the able-bodied young men leave the country for work.

    This said, I am aware of and impressed with some strands of Nicaraguan feminism, and suspect that it is far more sophisticated than CR’s (or feminism in the US for that matter). CR’s feminism strikes me as superficial yet shrill, and frequently quite silly. Nicas I think have a deeper and more nuanced feminist tradition, and one more rooted in their own experiences rather than copied from the US or Western Europe.

    However, I have no idea how bean counters can conclude that CR is behind Nicaragua in a gender gap based upon what was allegedly measured.

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