Iceland still ranks world number one in gender equality list

09:35, October 15, 2010      

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Iceland this year still ranks world number one in the World Economic Forum's rating list on the performance in gender equality in 134 countries around the globe, according to reports reaching here from Reykjavik on Thursday.

Iceland was followed by three other Nordic countries Norway, Finland and Sweden. The South Pacific country New Zealand ranked the fifth in the list.

Experts commented that the Nordic countries are leading the fight for gender equality and they are also in the best position in competitiveness in trade.

France dropped from 18th to 46th, the highest fall due to the significant decrease of female ministers in the government.

The United States has increased its position from 31st to 19th because women have increased in the government and the wages gap between men and women also decreased.

The lowest countries in gender equality list are Pakistan, Chad and Yemen.

The consideration for gender equality include politics, education, employment market and health care system, according to the forum.

Source: Xinhua


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