Sri Lanka holds a no.12 ranking for 2008 in this report and has made significant gains, moving up 3 places ahead of UK (13), Switzerland (14), France (15) and is the Only South Asian country in the top 15.
Philippines, is the only other Asian country in the top 15 places and is ranked at no.6. The Index assesses countries on how well they are dividing their resources and opportunities among their male and female populations, regardless of the overall levels of these resources and opportunities.
See Sri Lanka report at http://www.weforum.org/pdf/gendergap/ggg08_sri_lanka.pdf
Photograph © Chulie de Silva: On a late afternoon drive back to Colombo from Galle after an almsgiving on the death anniversary of my father, I couldn’t resist the shiny fresh bala and alagoduwas at a fish stall in Beruwela. Chatting to the owner I was pleasantly suprised to learn he had the same name as my father “Benny.” Chuckling quietly was his pretty wife Onitha who looks like an equal partner in the business.