Gender Gap Index 2009:
Sri Lanka in sixteenth place
Sri Lanka has reached the 16th position out of 134 countries in the
Gender Gap Index 2009. The country has recorded a population growth of
0.62 percent with a total population of 20.01 million, while overall
population sex ratio recorded 0.96 percent.
Sri Lanka and the Phillipines remained distinctive for being the only
Asian countries among the top 20 for the fourth consecutive year.
The country is among the top twenty countries in the Gender Gap
Population Index 2009.
Sri Lanka (16) falls four places in the rankings, having been
outperformed by South Africa, Lesotho and Switzerland, but its overall
performance in 2009 has improved relative to its performance in 2008.
Sri Lanka continues to hold on in particular because of improved labour
force participation and narrowing wage gaps.
The Global Gender Gap Index 2009 gives each country’s overall
performance in closing the gender gap on a 0-to-1 scale and its rank out
of 134 reviewed countries. Out of the 134 countries, 82 countries have
fully achieved gender parity in primary enrolment, another 41 have
closed between 90 percent and 99 percent of the gap and another nine
countries - the majority located in sub-Saharan Africa are far below