Managua, Nicaragua, June 30, 2017

In the 2016 Global Gender Gap Index published by the World Economic Forum, Nicaragua was ranked 10th out of 136 countries. According to the report, the Latin American region is home to three of the top ten fastest-improving countries in the world since 2006: Nicaragua leading the regional rankings. Since 2006, Nicaragua has closed approximately 19 percent of its overall gender gap—making it one of the fastest-improving countries in the world.

“Nicaragua regains its place in the global top ten and remains the best performer in the region for the fifth year in a row. It has fully closed its gender gap on Educational Attainment and Health and Survival, and is the highest-ranking country in the region on Political Empowerment, with more than 50 percent of the gender gap now closed”, says the report.

According to the report, being one of the 10 most advanced countries in the world in terms of gender equality comes from the returns of investment in women’s health and education. Also, a country among the top 10 is one where women enjoy the most equal access to education and healthcare and are most likely to be able to participate fully in the country’s political and economic life. 

The Global Gender Gap Index annually ranks 136 countries on their ability to close the gender gap in four key areas: economic participation and opportunity, political empowerment, health and survival, educational attainment, political participation and economic equality. No country has yet achieved total gender equality (an overall score of 100 percent).

See full report here