The World Economic Forum released 2 days ago their 2014 Global Gender Gap Report, a report that 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. 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.
Since we love being mentioned in lists, Lebanon was mentioned 39 times in this report in all kind of lists, but you won’t like any of them. I also doubt people will madly talk and share this report, in the end it is not about restaurants, food, beaches and promoted brands… it is about gender equality.
- Lebanon ranked in the overall index 8th worst country for gender equality, that is 135 out 142. Along with Yemen, Oman, Qatar and Brunei Darussalam , Lebanon have the lowest rankings on this subindex, having closed less than 3% of the political gender gap.
- Lebanon is the second-lowest performing country of the upper-middle income group. It is among the ten lowest-performing countries on the Economic Participation and Opportunity subindex.
- On the Women in ministerial positions indicator, Brunei Darussalam, Lebanon, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are the lowest-performing countries on that indicator with no women in ministerial positions.
- On the Women in parliamentary positions indicator, Lebanon along with Iran and Kuwait ranks 3rd worst after Oman, Yemen and Qatar with only 3 women in the parliament. 3 very absent women.
- On the Legislators, senior officials and managers indicator, Lebanon is again in the bottom of the list with a rank of 118 of 125 with a 0.09 female to male ration right after Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Yemen.
- On the estimated earned income indicator, Lebanon ranks 133 out of 139 which place it as the ninth worst in terms of income for women.
The report also shows that since 2010 Lebanon’s ranking sunk from 116 to 135. Sigh!
By the way, comments like: we could have been worse given our situation, cava mechi l 7al! , mich wa2ta hala2, the women in Lebanon can dress the way the want and co are a big NO. so please don’t just don’t!