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Spain's Ranking Drops in Gender Equality: Report

Oct. 25, 2012

The ranking of Spain has dropped 14 places in the global index of equality between men and women, a report showed on Wednesday.

According to the latest report of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Spain dropped from 12th down to 26th in the ranking of 135 countries, falling below countries such as Mozambique, Nicaragua or Burundi.

The annual report is based on the access of members of both sexes to education, healthcare, economic equality and the participation of women in politics.

The main reason the WEF gave for the drop of Spain's ranking is the reduction in the number of women in government. Since Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party took power, the proportion of women in high positions fell from almost 50 percent to 28 percent.

Spain did well in terms of gender equality in education and access to healthcare, but not in economic participation and access to political responsibility.

The Nordic countries of Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden enjoyed top rankings in the study.

Source: (c) 2012 Xinhua News Agency - CEIS. Provided by ProQuest LLC.

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