The World’s Most Unfair Countries For Women

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report has revealed 10 countries with the widest gaps in gender equality.

According to 24/7 Wall St, the report investigated and measured the inequality between males and females in 136 countries. Of these, it was found that Iceland scored the best in gender equality while Yemen came in last.

The 10 worst-performing nations in the World Economic Forum report were graded on four important areas, namely: economic participation and opportunity; educational attainment; health and survival; and political empowerment. Six of the 10 countries were Arab nations while the remainder were based in Africa.

The report further revealed that women in these countries were poorly represented in politics. Nine of the countries had the worst  women’s labour rights and all the countries failed to provide steady educational opportunities for women in comparison to men.

The most unfair countries in the world for women are discussed in more detail below (The income gap is usually calculated by dividing the mean annual earnings for women by the mean annual earnings for men).


Income gap: 27%

Literacy rate: 49%

Women in parliament: 0%

Work force representation: 26%

The Arab nation has 0% women representation in parliament. The statistics for the income gap and work force representation are equally poor. Less then half of the women can read and are often barred from attaining secondary education. Women are oppressed in Yemen and are not allowed to testify in court on certain issues. Regarded as second-class citizens, women face issues such as violence, child marriages and discriminatory practices.

Women are oppressed in Yemen and are not allowed to testify in court on certain issues.


Income gap: 21%

Literacy rate: 40%

Women in parliament: 20%

Work force representation: 23%

With the fourth worst income gap between males and females, Pakistan’s economic gender inequality is among the highest in the world. Only 3% of women are in leadership and managerial positions, with men taking ownership of highly skilled jobs in the country’s industrial, political and economic sectors.


Income gap: 62%

Literacy rate: 25%

Women in parliament: 15%

Work force representation: 65%

The majority of the women in Chad are illiterate. These women rarely make it past primary school level to high school. Social conditions limit women, with high incidents of sexual abuse, harassment and violence. While the deployment of the UN mission has reduced levels of violence in the country, refugee women and girls continue to face rape and other violence in and around the refugee camps.


Income gap: 15%

Literacy rate: 78%

Women in parliament: 12%

Work force representation: 14%

The war-torn country has the worst income gap between men and women in the world, standing at 15%. It also has the most imbalanced working ratio between women and men. The country has never been ruled by a female leader and it remains to be seen if two women leaders, Suhair Atassi and Razan Zaitouneh, will be able to make a breakthrough in fighting for women’s rights.

Syria has the worst income gap between men and women in the world, standing at 15%



Income gap: 28%

Literacy rate: 52%

Women in parliament: 22%

Work force representation: 29%

Women in Mauritania not only have to deal with unfair labour practices, but the gap between what they earn in comparison to males is wide. Women are also often sold into slavery and have to contend with child marriages and sexual abuse. A culture of “farm fattening” prevails in the country and women are conditioned to believe they need to find a husband to survive in the predominantly Muslim state.

Ivory Coast

Income gap: 27%

Literacy rate: 48%

Women in parliament: 10%

Work force representation: 52%

Although Ivory Coast has a steady representation of women in the work place, women in that country face tough conditions as the nation has been embroiled in civil unrest for many years. The country also reports high numbers of women and children fleeing to neighbouring countries. Ivory Coast also has slack laws on protecting women and this has contributed to their oppression.


Income gap: 21%

Literacy rate: 81%

Women in parliament: 3%

Work force representation: 17%

After Yemen, Iran has the lowest rate for women in parliament. According to, despite their education and relatively good health, women in Iran experience significant discrimination in employment. They are overrepresented in jobs such as taxi driving and vastly underrepresented in higher skilled jobs.  In the political arena, the government continues to crack down on political parties led by women after 30 parties were all disqualified from entering the country’s presidential election because of their gender. Men earn five times what women do in the oil-rich nation.

After Yemen, Iran has the lowest rate for women in parliament.


Income gap: 28%

Literacy rate: 58%

Women in parliament:17%

Work force representation: 26%

Although Morocco has a relatively stable literacy rate for women, at 58 %, women rarely feature in the country’s government and labour force. Additionally, the lack of proper jobs for women ensures they are often subject to child marriages, prostitution and unfair labour practices.


Income gap: 41%

Literacy rate: 25%

Women in parliament: 10%

Work force representation: 38%

Mali has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world with education not being a reality for many of the country’s women. Only 25% of the country’s females are able to read and write and the country has also had to deal with political anarchy. Mali has little representation of women in politics, with females making up 10% of the country’s cabinet.

Saudi Arabia

Income gap: 19%

Literacy rate: 82%

Women in parliament: 20%

Work force representation: 18%

The only country where women are not allowed to drive has strict laws on allowing women to marry, work or travel overseas without the permission of men. In addition, women in the Arab state earn $7 156 (R74 000) in comparison to their male counterparts, who take home a package of about $37 661 (R327 000) a year.

source: destinyconnect


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