For the second consecutive year, Pakistan has been ranked the second-worst country in the world for gender inequality.
Pakistan is ranked 143 out of 144 countries in the gender inequality index released on Tuesday as part of World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2016.
According to this report, Pakistan ranks way behind Bangladesh and India which rank 72nd and 87th respectively in the gender inequality index.
The only country ranked below Pakistan is Yemen (144), while Syria is one place ahead at 142.
Pakistan was ranked 112th in 2006, the first year when this report was released.
Since then, Pakistan’s position has been deteriorating every year. Pakistan ranked 135th in 2013, 141st in 2014 and 143rd in 2015.
The WEF report captures progress towards parity between men and women in four areas: educational attainment, health and survival, economic opportunity and political empowerment.
According to this report, Iceland took the top spot for the 8th consecutive year, followed by Finland in second and Norway in third place.
Several developing and emerging markets have also made it into the top 20.
However, the United States ranks 45 out of 144 countries.