The Global Gender Gap Index was first
introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006 as a framework for capturing the
magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress.
The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups.
Iceland is at the top of the overall rankings in the Global Gender Gap Index 2014 for the sixth consecutive year.
Finland ranks in second position, and
Norway holds the third place in the overall ranking. Sweden remains in fourth
position and Denmark gains three places and ranks this year at the fifth
position. Northern European countries dominate the top 10 with Ireland in the
eighth position and Belgium (10) Nicaragua (6), Rwanda (7) and Philippines (9)
complete the top 10.