Pakistan ranks second-worst on gender parity, as Iceland tops the list: WEF report

The report added that Pakistan closed 56.4% of the gender gap in 2022, which is the highest overall parity since 2006. 

Pakistan ranks second-worst on gender parity, as Iceland tops the list: WEF report

According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report released by the World Economic Forum, Pakistan is second-last on the list of gender parity.

Pakistan ranked 145 on the list of 146 countries, making it the second-worst country in terms of gender.

Global Gender Gap Report

Iceland topped the list, with Finland coming in second. Norway, New Zealand, and Sweden were listed at the top of the list.

On the other hand, the five worst countries are Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Chad, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The report added that Pakistan closed 56.4% of the gender gap in 2022, which is the highest overall parity since 2006.

Pakistan was also among the five countries that had a greater gender gap than 5%, accompanied by India, Qatar, Azerbaijan, and China.  The country has improved on three subindexes, as it ranked 145 on economic participation, 143 on health and survival, and 135 on educational attainment. Lastly, Pakistan ranked 95 on political participation.

The report also noted that female participation in the labor force saw a decrease in 2022, with the share of men and women in professional categories also seeing a downturn. Pakistan is the country where women have the smallest share of senior, managerial and legislative roles at 4.5%.

Regional

Pakistan also ranked second-worst in the region. Bangladesh ranked top regionally, followed by Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, and others.

When it comes to the gap in economic participation and opportunity, South Asia has the widest gender gap. The region also has the lowest regional gender parity scores for the health and survival subindex at 94.2%.

WEF Managing Director Saadia Zahidi said that the cost of living crisis is having a disproportionate impact on women.

She added that government should create policies that support women’s return to the workforce and talent development. If not, we risk eroding the improvements of the past decades permanently.

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  • Yahood o nasara will always put Muslim countries on top in such immoral activities. There’s no credibility of their reports. Stop publishing them. At least you people should counter such reports.


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