WEB DESK: Pakistan ranked 144 out of 145 countries in the world for gender equality by WEF gender equality index of 2015.
With Saudi Arabia, Turkey at 135 and 130 respectively, India stands at 108 in global ranking of gender equality. Pakistan scored in economic participation and opportunity 143 with political involvement acting as saving grace at by ranking at 87.
Pakistan has slightly improved its 2014 performance, but still ranks second–to-last in the world on the overall Index.
On the Economic Participation and Opportunity subindex, the country has improved wage equality for similar work but still remains last in the region and, when compared to 2006, has improved the least of any country in the region.
Similarly, improved literacy rates and enrollment in tertiary education have boosted educational attainment but the country remains last in the regional rankings.
At the bottom end of the rankings, two countries from the region—Iran and Pakistan—have closed less than 60% of the gender gap. Health and Survival is the closest to reaching universal gender parity, followed by Educational Attainment, Economic Participation and Opportunity, and, lastly, Political Empowerment.
According to the report, sixteen countries have closed less than 50% of the economic participation and opportunity gap, including 11 from the Middle East and North Africa region. Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen hold the last five spots on this subindex.
In the lower-middle income group, out of 35 countries, Philippines, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Moldova, and Kenya take the top five places, whereas Morocco, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and Zambia occupy the last five spots.
When compared to 2006, though, it is the region’s second-most advanced on this subindex. It is also one of the top five most-improved countries in the world on the Health and Survival subindex.