25 Oct 2012

Fiji slides in global gender gap index

12:37 pm on 25 October 2012

Fiji has fallen four places on the global gender gap index.

The index, compiled by the World Economic Forum, looks at national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria.

Fiji, the only Pacific island country on the list, ranks 113th out of 135 countries.

The report says it is one of the five countries from Asia/Pacific region that has closed the gap on the health and survival subindex.

However, it says women still make up a fairly low percentage of the senior and highly skilled positions.

New Zealand is sixth on the list, and Australia 25th.