Rabat- The results of the 2013 World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap Index have been released, with the Nordic countries continuing their streak at the top and Morocco holding its position at 129th.
The Global Gender Gap Index examines the gap between men and women and gives136 countries a score in Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival and Political Empowerment.
Iceland has come out on top as the country with the smallest gender gap, followed by Finland, Norway, and Sweden, while Chad, Pakistan and Yemen were at the bottom of the rankings.
Morocco has come in 129th place in the rankings. In contrast, Algeria lost four places. Ranked 120th in 2012, it came in the 124th place this past year. This drop is explained by “losses on the Labor force participation and enrollment in secondary education indicators,” according to the Index.
In the Arab region, the United Arab Emirates comes out on top, ranked 109th thanks to its education policy, which has succeeded in bridging the educational gap between males and females. It is followed by Bahrain (112), Qatar (115), Kuwait (116) and Jordan (119).
Meanwhile, Mauritania (132), Syria (133) and Yemen (136) respectively ranked last in the regional ranking due to the high school dropout rate for women, a decrease in labor force participation and economic participation and opportunity.
Edited by Jessica Rohan
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