THE LATEST Global Gender Gap report of the World Economic Forum, a Genevabased non-profit, has ranked India at 114, 13 places below last year's ranking and the lowest among BRICS countries. India is also one of the few countries where female labour force participation is shrinking. Among the BRICS countries, the highest-placed nation is South Africa (18th), followed by Brazil (71st), Russia (75th) and China (87th). The report, the ninth in the series, captures gender-based disparities in 142 countries on economic, social, political, education and health-based criteria. The available data in the past nine years shows that the world has seen only a slight improvement in equality for women at the workplace.