Ireland ranks eighth in world Global Gender Gap index
Ireland has ranked in eighth place in the latest World Economic Forum’s gender gap report.
Although Ireland slipped two places in the overall rankings since last year, it remains one of only six countries to have gained more than 10pc in its Global Gender Gap Index score over the last 14 years.
Iceland headed the five Nordic countries that dominate the rankings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap 2014 Report.
Rwanda and Belgium make the top ten for the first time.
The report ranks 142 countries on their ability to close the gender gap – making sure women are not held back – in four fundamental areas: economic participation and opportunity, education, health and survival, and political empowerment.
The top ten were Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Ireland, the Philippines and Belgium.