Azerbaijan ranked 98th in the gender gap index
The World Economic Forum (WEF) conducted an annual study which looks at gender disparities to assess whether countries are ensuring equal rights between men and women. Azerbaijan came in at 98th place, slightly behind Armenia (97th) and Georgia (94th).
The ratings were created from the results of a study conducted in 144 countries and is comprised of four categories: health, education, economic opportunities and political activity. There are separate rating tables for each category, and one overall rating where all indicators from the four categories are combined for each country.
The study evaluated data which is publicly available such as the number of working women and men, wages received by men and women for the same job, how many women work in managerial positions, how many girls study in schools and institutes in relation to their total enrollment, the birth ratio of boys and girls for the year, as well as many other indicators.
The categories Azerbaijan did the best in was ‘economic opportunity’ and ‘accessibility of education’, placing 45th and 91st respectively. In the category of ‘Political participation’ Azerbaijan fared far worse coming in at 131st place. However, the worst indicator was access to healthcare. The country ranked 142nd, only ahead of Armenia and China.
In general, the world gender equality rating has dropped from 68.3% to 68%. This indicator has fallen for the first time since the index measurement began in 2006. Experts believe that it will take about a hundred years in order to achieve full equality between men and women.
The Azerbaijani constitution stipulates that men and women have equal rights and freedoms.