Friday, October 25 11:52:10
Ireland held on to sixth position in the World Economic Forum's report in to gender equality with Iceland maintaining its leading position.
The gap between men and women has narrowed slightly in the past year in most countries, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report.
Iceland, Finland and Norway top the list of 136 nations, based on political participation, economic equality and rights like education and health.
The Middle East and North Africa were the only regions not to improve in the past year, with Yemen at the bottom.
The Philippines and Nicaragua both feature in the top 10.
The WEF has produced the report annually for the past eight years.
Report founder and co-author Saadia Zahidi said that since the WEF began compiling the index in 2006, 80pc of countries had made progress.
"What's worrying though is that 20pc of countries have made no progress or are falling behind," she said.