Revealing a grim picture of the situation of women in Afghanistan, a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked Afghanistan as the worst country in terms of gender parity.
In the Global Gender Gap Index which was released by the WEF on Wednesday, Afghanistan ranked last in a survey of 146 countries, Khaama Press reported.
Economic participation and opportunity, educational level, health and survival, and political empowerment were the four parameters taken into account in the preparation of the index of the current state and evolution of the gender parity.
It assesses the gender gap around the world and provides strong cross-national analysis. A large consistent sample for the time series has been analyzed since 102 countries have been represented in each edition of the index since 2006.
According to the report, parity has seen an increase this year as women earn on average 2% more than in 2021 while men earn 1.8% less on average than in 2021.
“Twenty-eight countries have closed less than 50% of the gender gap on this indicator,” the report adds.
The lowest parity levels were recorded in Iran (16%), Afghanistan (18%) and Algeria (18%).
“Globally, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa have the lowest levels of income parity, at around 23% and 24%, respectively,” local media reported citing the report.
“The current government considers all women’s rights in Islamic regulations. Women work in various fields because the government should include women, depending on the need,” Taliban deputy spokesman Bilal Karimi said. while defying the report.
“If such restrictions on women continue, not only will women be removed from Afghan society, but it will also affect the international community,” local media quoted women’s rights advocate Zarqa Yaftali as reporting.
“We expect the Islamic Emirate to take steps to ensure women’s rights and include women in government,” said women’s rights activist Mariam Maroof.
While Afghanistan is the worst country in terms of gender parity, Pakistan ranks second in a survey of 146 countries.
According to statistics, Pakistan has 107 million women and the country closed at 56.4% in the report’s gender gap index. The report observed, “this is the highest overall level of parity Pakistan has displayed” since the launch of the Global Gender Gap Report by the WEF in 2006.
Pakistan’s ranking in other parameters also reveals the country’s sad situation. The country ranked 145th in terms of economic participation and opportunity; 135th for level of education; 143rd in health and survival; and 95th in political emancipation.
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