The Middle East continues to lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to gender equality, according to a new report issued by the World Economic Forum.
Out of the 135 countries ranked in the Global Gender Gap Report 2011, representing more than 93 percent of the world’s population, no Arab country cracked the top 100.
In the Gulf, the UAE ranked the highest, at 103rd, followed by Kuwait (105), Bahrain (110), Qatar (111), Oman (127) and Saudi Arabia (131).
Most GCC countries showed small gains in the rankings, which measured the size of the gender inequality gap in economic participation and opportunity; education; political empowerment; and health and survival.
Qatar scored high when it came to the opportunity for women to obtain education, but low on several other key measures, including women’s right to politically participate and their economic opportunities.