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Bahamas falls in female labor force participation ranking

The Bahamas ranks 30th in the Global Gender Gap Report 2018, according to the World Economic Forum.

It was ranked 27th in the 2017 report.

However, it fell on the index because of “a widening gender gap in labor force participation”.

In the most recent report, The Bahamas ranked 47th in labor force participation whereas it ranked 25th the year before.

It also noted that The Bahamas is one of five countries where “women and men are already equally likely to attain managerial positions”.

More country-specific rankings reveal that The Bahamas ranks first in the world for education attainment; first for health and survival; third for economic participation and opportunity; and 100th for political empowerment.

The Bahamas ranks sixth in Latin American and the Caribbean.

It ranks second among Caribbean nations.

“The difference in gender gap size between the highest-ranked and lowest-ranked countries in the region is about 3.2 percent on educational attainment and less than one percent on health and survival, with six out of 24 countries fully closing their gender gap in education and 12 out of 24 countries fully closing their gender gap in health,” the report reads.

“Three countries — Bahamas, Colombia and Brazil —  have fully closed both these gaps this year. Regional differences in gender parity are significantly higher on economic participation and opportunity and, in particular, political empowerment, with, respectively, 30 percent and 54 percent differences in gender gaps between the region’s best and worst-performing countries.

“Four out of the 24 countries have closed at least 70 percent of their gender gap on economic participation and opportunity. Two of these — Barbados and Bahamas — have crossed the 80 percent mark and are in the index’s global top five on this sub index.”

The report ranked 149 countries and its methodology includes a quantitative analysis of information from international organizations such as the United Nations and International Labour Organization.

Jasper Ward

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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