Bahrain has been ranked sixth overall in the region in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2018, securing improvement of a whole 32 placements in the educational attainment pillar.
However, despite this impressive performance, Bahrain’s overall ranking saw a slight drop from 126th to 132nd place globally, this is due to weakened performance in the other three pillars measured in the report.
Regionally, despite continued progress, it will take the Mena economies 153 years to close the gender gap at the current rate of change. The highest-placed economy in our index is Tunisia, which ranks 119.
The United Arab Emirates (121st, 64.2%) sees improvements in gender parity in the legislators, senior officials and managers and healthy life expectancy indicators, but a widening and counterbalancing gap in wage equality. Saudi Arabia (141st, 59%) shows modest progress but marks an improvement in wage equality and women’s labour force participation, as well as a smaller gender gap in secondary and tertiary education.
According to the report, the world has closed 68% of its gender gap, as measured across four key pillars: economic opportunity; political empowerment; educational attainment; and health and survival. While only a marginal improvement on 2017, the move is nonetheless welcome as 2017 was the first year since the report was first published in 2006 that the gap between men and women widened.
At the current rate of change, the data suggest that it will take 108 years to close the overall gender gap and 202 years to bring about parity in the workplace.
Global Gender Gap Ranks and Scores in the MENA Region
|The Middle East and North Africa|
|Country||Overall Rank||Overall Score|
|United Arab Emirates||119||0.646|
Source: The World Economic Forum
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