Among 152 countries across the globe, Iran has been rated at 109 in gender inequality. In last year’s humanitarian development report, Iran had been rated 107th, which means that it has dropped two levels in gender inequality.
This year’s report has given Iran a 0.51 score in gender inequality. The report grades countries from 0 to 1.00 and the higher the number, the worst the gender inequality. Last year, Iran had received a 0.496 ranking. This means that gender inequality has intensified in 2013.
The share of women in parliament seats, the level of women gaining midlevel education and their share in the job market are among criterions for grading inequality between men and women in each country. Based on the 2014 humanitarian development report, the share of women in parliament seats in Iran is 3.1%. Also, 62.2 % of Iranian women have above midlevel education. This number in comparison with the 67.6% of men’s education is lower.
This report state that the rate of men above the age of 15 participating in the job market has been estimated at 73.1%, yet this figure for women has been announced at 16.4%.
The ranks of other countries in this report are as follows: US at 47, Canada at 23, UK at 35, France at 12, Italy at 8, Russia at 52, Turkey at 69, Jordan at 101, Brazil at 85, Ukraine at 61, Tunisia at 48, China at 37 and Indonesia at 103.
(ILNA state-run news agency – July 25, 2014)