| Azlan Othman |
BRUNEI Darussalam scored exceptionally well for gender equality in education, with the Sultanate ranking first in the subcategory of female enrolment in secondary and tertiary education, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Bruneian women also scored very well in terms of estimated earned income, coming first in the ranking with average salaries equal to that of men.
But the overall ranking slid further according to the report with the Sultanate in the 98th position out of 142 countries surveyed.
In general, Brunei fared better in economic participation standing at 36th place.
The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health-based criteria. The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by reducing them.
The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing gender gaps.
The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 emphasises persisting gender gap divides within regions. Based on the nine years of data available for the 111 countries that have been part of the report since its inception, the world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace.
This year’s findings show that Iceland continues to be at the top of the overall rankings for the sixth consecutive year with Finland in second position and Norway in third place. Sweden remains in fourth position and Denmark in fifth position. Northern European countries dominated the top 10 with Ireland in the eighth position and Belgium in 10th. Nicaragua (6), Rwanda (7) and the Philippines (9) complete the top 10.
The index continues to track the strong correlation between a country’s gender gap and its national competitiveness. Because women account for one-half of a country’s potential talent base, a nation’s competitiveness in the long term depends significantly on whether and how it educates and utilises its women.