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Sri Lanka excels in women empowerment

Oct 13, 2010 5:24:28 AM - itnnews.lk

Sri Lanka excels in women empowerment. Sri Lanka has been placed at 16 in the global gender equality ranking this year.

The study was done by the World Economic Forum. A notable feature is that Sri Lanka is ahead of advanced countries such as the United States and Canada as well. Denmark, Philippines, the U.K. and Sri Lanka were at the same rank this year.

The bottom three spots this year went to Pakistan at 132, followed by Chad and Yemen at 134. They had the same ranks in 2009.  It is a notable achievement for Sri Lanka, which is a developing country. The study revealed that the country held the same position last time as well.

The Forum, a group based in Switzerland has ranked 134 countries to know how far they have closed gender gaps over the year in the areas of economic participation, education, political empowerment and health.

According to its report released yesterday, Iceland, Norway and Finland consecutively hold the first three positions. The report assesses life expectancy, salaries, access to high-skilled jobs, access to basic and higher level education, and whether women were represented in government and decision- making structures.