As of the Wikipedia, the Global Gender Gap Report was first published in 2006 by the World Economic Forum. Its Gap Index is designed to measure gender equality status of 144 countries as based on economic participation and opportunity, education attainment, health and survival and political participation. This year’s edition saw the MENA region close its overall gender gap by more than 60% but it continued unsurprisingly to rank last globally in the overall index.
The best performers in the region however were Qatar at 119th and Algeria at 120th, the UAE coming close behind at 124th and Saudi Arabia as expected at the rear of the line at 141st . According to several GCC’s online media, the Gulf economies were the worst performing in the high income group in this year’s index. Gulf Business, for instance, reviewed the WEF report’s proposed ranking of these countries and concluded that several Gulf nations . . . .
Change does not start through revolutions in streets. It starts in people’s minds . . .
Khadija Hamouchi, a social entrepreneur, is founder of SEJAAL, an initiative that is developing a free learning App for MENA’s youth. She has received six international awards, including Stanford Business and Innovation Fellow, Morocco’s African Entrepreneurship Award and San Francisco’s Parisoma Accelerator Programme.
In a piece for the TheArabWeekly of October 2nd, 2016, Khadija describes her views on education in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) region. For her, the region needs its “education empire” in its own right.
Khadija continues: “It also needs its social network and its Mark Zuckerberg. The MENA region needs to exercise as much influence as it does receive itself. It needs to start leading again, too. Just like what we used to do through innovation, knowledge development and cultural deployment centuries ago. I like to think it was not that long ago.”