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Egypt among 10 worst countries for gender equality: Report

There has been no progress in regards to political empowerment for women in Egypt since 2006 according to the global report

Ahram Online , Sunday 22 Nov 2015
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Egyptian women carry banners in Arabic that read:"Social justice," as they march to Cairo's central Tahrir Square to celebrate International Women's Day, March 8, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt ranks 136th out of 145 countries in gender equality in the world after Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to the Global Gender Gap report 2015.

The Global Gender Gap report, which marks its tenth year in 2015, was first introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006 as a framework for capturing the magnitude of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress among the thresholds of political and economic empowerment, education, and health.

This year marks a decline in the status of women, as Egypt ranked 129th out of 142 countries according to the Global Gender Gap index in 2014, and 125th out of 136 countries in 2013.

Egypt ranks the worst in political empowerment of women (136). There has been no progress in regards to political empowerment since 2006. On the three remaining thresholds, Egypt ranks 125 on economic participation and opportunity, 115 on education attainment, and 97 on health and survival.

In the Middle East and North Africa region, Kuwait ranked 117th overall, followed by the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Tunisia. Yemen is the lowest-ranked country in the index which, at 145th, has remained at the bottom of the index since 2006 but has significantly improved relative to its own past scores.

With no country able to close the gender gap, Nordic countries dominate as the most gender equal states, with Iceland on top, then Norway, Finland, and Sweden consecutively.

Sweden, which ranks 4th on the Global Gender Index, prides itself on being the first feminist government in the world as it carries out a gender equality analysis early in the decision-making process.


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23-11-2015 03:19pm
stupid rich youth revolution 2011....
well,some elders can still remember mdm mubharaks cause to empower egyptian women,some even can remember the golden times,when no egyptian woman was forced to wear a hijab or niqab...its not soooo long ago,only 50 years to find the reasons for the turn to the worse,just see,who saddat brought into your country against wahabi/saudhi financial support...he brought in the eighties wahabi teachers from saudhi arabia to poison the before quite liberal egyptian muslim society and today? your government and your finances are depending of gulf states think,there is no hidden cost within? it is,the suadhi young folks come to cairo to behave haram with all sins allowed,for which they would be lashed at home.. on the other side,your country become more and more mental with salafis and jhadis... money has a lot of side effects
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