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Pakistan’s ranking in WEF’s global gender gap report shows modest improvement

Pakistan has a 57.5 per cent gender parity and has been placed near the bottom of both the regional and global rankings. However, the country has shown slight improvement.

Pakistan has been ranked 142 out of 146 countries in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2023. This is a slight improvement, as last year, Pakistan ranked 145 out of 146.

To clarify, the Global Gender Gap Report 2023 highlights increasing women’s economic participation and achieving gender parity in business and government leaders as two key levers for addressing broader gender gaps in households, societies, and economies.

According to the details, Pakistan has a 57.5 per cent gender parity and has been placed near the bottom of both the regional and global rankings. Only Iran, Algeria, Chad, and Afghanistan are below Pakistan.

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However, the country has improved by 5.1 percentage points on the “economic participation and opportunities” sub-index in the last decade to attain 36.2 per cent parity, though this level of parity remains one of the lowest globally, the report pointed out.

Pakistan ranked 143rd in the sub-indicator of economic participation and opportunities. It ranked 140th in terms of labor-force participation, 71st in terms of wage equality for similar work, 137th in terms of estimated earned income, 139th in terms of legislators, senior officials, and managers, and 132nd in terms of professional and technical workers.

In 2023, Pakistan’s position in terms of educational achievement stood at 138th. The nation’s literacy rate was ranked 137th, while its enrollment rates for secondary and tertiary education were ranked 132nd and 104th, respectively.

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Furthermore, Pakistan secured the 95th position in the political empowerment dimension. It ranked 94th concerning women representation in parliament, 126th in terms of women holding ministerial positions, and 36th based on the number of years with female or male heads of state over the past fifty years.

With a ranking of 132nd in health and survival, the sex ratio at birth (male births per female births) is first while healthy life expectancy is at 140.