Casablanca- BBC News has recently published an interactive map based on the results of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2013 Global Gender Gap report. Morocco ranks 109th among 136 featured countries.
The WEF report is the result of a study measuring gender-based discrimination using four main indicators: education, health, economy and politics.
With low scores in most of the above-stated indicators, Morocco ranks 109th, thus ranking among countries with a wide chasm between men and women’s access to most social facilities and sectors.
In contrast, Iceland tops the list for the fifth time in a row, successfully sustaining remarkably high scores in all indicators of gender equality.
Seven European countries also ranked among the top 10 countries on the list. Right after Iceland figure Finland, Norway and Sweden. Ireland scored the fifth rank, followed by New Zealand, Denmark, The Philippines, Nicaragua and Swaziland.
The lowest ranked countries on the list are Saudi Arabia, Syria, the Republic of Chad, Pakistan, and Yemen. In these countries, based on the WEF report, the participation of women in the social sphere is almost inexistent.
Morocco’s disappointing rank radiates a lack of serious consideration to gender equality in all domains.
While women are gradually obtaining access to social sectors that were previously restricted to men in Morocco, the pace of women’s emancipation remains relatively sluggish, compared to other developing countries and based on international standards.
Edited by Elisabeth Myers
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