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November 20, 2015

Global Gender Gap Report ranks Pakistan at 144 out of 145 countries


November 20, 2015

As the government claims enhanced women's participation in all sectors of life, the Global Gender Gap Report 2015 released on Thursday still ranks Pakistan at 144 out of 145 countries.
The Global Gender Gap Index 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. This year is the 10th edition of the Index, allowing for time-series analysis on the changing patterns of gender equality around the world and comparisons between and within countries.
The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups. The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by reducing them.
The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing gender gaps.
The basic concept underlying the Global Gender Gap Index is that it evaluates countries based on outcomes rather than inputs or means. The distinguishing feature of the Global Gender Gap Index is that it ranks countries according to their proximity to gender equality rather than to women’s empowerment.
On the four pillars of Global Gender Gap, Pakistan stands 143 in economic participation and opportunity, 135 in educational attainment, 125 in health and survival ad 87 in political empowerment. He score shows that Pakistan’s position slightly improved its 2014 performance, but still ranks second–to-last in the world on the overall Index.
According to the report, on Economic Participation and Opportunity sub-index, 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.
When compared to 2006, though, it is the region’s second-most advanced on this sub-index.
It is also one of the top five most-improved countries in the world on the Health and Survival sub-index.

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