Nordic countries in the lead

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Date: Dec. 2011
Publisher: World Health Organization
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 129 words
Lexile Measure: 970L

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Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden continue to rank as the top four countries with the best gender equality, according to the fourth World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report published in October. The Report's index assesses 134 countries on how well resources and opportunities are divided among male and female populations, regardless of the country's level of development. It examines gender inequality in four areas: (i) economic participation; (ii) educational attainment; (iii) health and survival; and (iv) political empowerment. Lesotho and South Africa rank 8th and 12th due to high levels of female participation in education and the workforce. In Asia, the Philippines sets a good example, ranking ninth overall due to strong performance in all areas assessed by the index. Access the report at: http://

doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.011211

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A277344260