Women in Middle East: Region ranks ‘last’ on gender equality
The New Arab.
But unequal legislation, social and religious restrictions and countless conflicts continue to blight the advance of women’s rights throughout the region.
Yet even among the Middle East’s relatively advanced countries, women are pushed to the sidelines of society, denied opportunities to participate economically or politically.
Today on Equal Pay Day, a UK campaign to end the gender wage gap, The New Arab takes a look at whether the Middle East’s gender gap is closing.According to this year’s World Economic Forum report, for the first time, the Middle East and North Africa region has closed more than 60 percent of the overall gender gap, which includes education attainment, political empowerment, health and survival and economic participation.
But despite its progress, the region continues to rank last globally, behind South Asia.
The region’s best performing countries — excluding Israel — this year are Qatar, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates, each having closed approximately 64 percent of their gender gap.