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S. Korea ranks 10th for gender equality: U.N. report

All Headlines 15:42 March 22, 2017

SEOUL, March 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea ranks 10th in the world in terms of gender equality, with large shares of women receiving secondary education and participating in the workforce, a U.N. report showed Wednesday.

According to the Human Development Report 2016 released a day earlier by the U.N. Development Program, South Korea came 10th among 188 nations after scoring 0.067 on the Gender Inequality Index.

The index compares the achievements of men and women in the areas of reproductive health, empowerment and the labor market, and a lower figure translates to greater gender equality.

Switzerland topped the chart with a score of 0.04. Other countries in the top 10 included Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and Iceland.

South Korea ranked the highest among countries in Asia.

The result is an improvement from last year when South Korea ranked 23rd among 155 nations, according to the state-funded Korean Women's Development Institute.

The jump is largely due to declines in the maternal mortality ratio and the adolescent birth rate, it said.

The maternal mortality ratio, which measures the number of deaths per 100,000 live births, dropped from 27 to 11. The adolescent birth rate, which measures births per 1,000 women aged 15-19, fell from 2.2 to 1.6.

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