Nicaragua, Ecuador and Cuba Among
World's Best in Women’s Parliamentary Representation
Three countries from the Latin American and
Caribbean region — Ecuador, Nicaragua and Cuba — are
in the world’s top ten regarding women’s
Palacios, a leading Nicaraguan parliamentarian
The Global Gender Gap Report 2014, released on
October 27, ranks Cuba second, Nicaragua seventh and
Ecuador eighth in the world.
report's author, Saadia Zahidi, attributes much of
the world progress in gender equality to more women
entering politics and the workforce. "In the case of
politics, globally, there are now 26 percent more
female parliamentarians and 50 percent more female
ministers than 10 years ago. These are sweeping
changes - for economies and national cultures,” she
the Latin American and Caribbean region, every
country has succeeded in narrowing their overall
Nicaragua is the best performer in the region and,
for the third consecutive year, the only country in
Latin America and the Caribbean to make it into the
top 10 in overall rankings, which in addition to
political representation also includes access to
health, education and employment.
Globally, Nicaragua comes first in terms of women in
Ecuador is the second best performer in the region.
In recent years it has considerably improved its
position and was one of the top five in improvement
between 2006 and 2014 in the overall index.