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Jamaica's gender equality ranking at its worst in years - report

Published:Monday | November 10, 2014 | 10:33 AM

Jamaica has slipped to its worst ranking on the global index that ranks countries on their level of gender equality.



According to a publication by the World Economic Forum, Jamaica is ranked 52 out of 142 countries.



In 2006, when the report was first published, Jamaica was ranked 25th but since then it has been progressively slipping.



The report notes that male and female Jamaicans have equal opportunities in the areas of educational attainment, health and survival.



However, it says the gender gap is widest in the areas of political empowerment, economic participation and opportunity.



At the same time of the countries surveyed, Jamaica, Colombia, Lesotho and Fiji were identified as the ones with the most female legislators, senior officials and managers.



In Jamaica, women do 59 per cent of all top level jobs.



Gender equality is highest in the Scandinavian countries of Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.



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