In 2017, the Gender Gap slightly closes in Jordan


Published: 2017-11-05 14:46

Last Updated: 2017-11-05 15:25

Photo from the Global Gender Gap Report for 2017.
Photo from the Global Gender Gap Report for 2017.
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The Global Gender Gap Report for 2017 was released last week, showing a general slowdown in progress towards gender parity worldwide.

The report indicated a year-on-year worsening in the gender gap rate since it was first released in 2006, according to the BBC.

“The equality gap between men and women would take 100 years to close at its current rate,” an economic monitoring group has suggested.

Jordan was ranked number 135 out of 144 countries listed in the report, falling one spot comparing to the previous year. In 2015, it was ranked in 140th place amongst 145 countries, a statement by The Sisterhood Is Global Institute (SIGI) said.

The size of the gender inequality gap is measured in four areas: economic participation, education, health and survival, and political empowerment, in which Jordan ranked 138, 51, 113 and 126, respectively.

Jordan ranked in ninth place amongst 14 Arab countries, while Tunisia ranked in first place, and occupied the 117th spot worldwide, followed by the UAE (120), Bahrain (126), Algeria (127), Kuwait (129), Qatar (130), Mauritania (132), Egypt and Jordan (134), Morocco (136), Lebanon (137), Saudi Arabia (138), Syria (142) and Yemen, which came in last (144).