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Nicaragua sixth in World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap

News from Nicaragua | Friday, 7 November 2014 |

Chief of police Aminta Granera is one of the most respected public figures in Nicaragua

Chief of police Aminta Granera is one of the most respected public figures in Nicaragua

Each year the World Economic Forum releases a Global Gender Gap Report that measures gender gaps in 142 countries based on economic, political, education, and health criteria. This year’s report listed Nicaragua as the “best performer in the region and the only country from Latin America and the Caribbean to make it to the top ten for the third consecutive year.” The UK comes in at a lowly 26th.

The report continued: “Since 2006, the country has recorded the highest improvement to date (absolute and relative). Nicaragua has come a long way to close the economic participation gap with one of the best improvements recorded since 2006. Nicaragua is also the country with the highest absolute improvement in the number of women in ministerial positions.”

The key criteria are:

● economic participation and opportunity including salaries, participation and leadership

● education including access to basic and higher levels of education

● political empowerment including representation in decision-making structures

● health and survival including life expectancy and ratio of women to men

Government spokesperson Rosario Murillo commented, “What a triumph this is for a small country in the centre of the Americas!” she said. She added, “We know that they are spaces that we women merit, that they are not gifts. We have worked hard to occupy these spaces and we know how to fill them with efficiency, with responsibility, with intelligence and sensitivity.”