WPS Index: Poor show by most MENA countries

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UAE got a score of 0.85 on the Index, against the Norway's highest score of 0.92.
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  • Trends in the WPS Index show that the global advance of women’s status has slowed and disparities have widened across countries, the publishers said.
  • Norway was the highest ranking country and Afghanistan the lowest on the Index.

The third (2021/22) edition of the global Women Peace and Security Index (WPS Index) draws on recognized data sources to measure women’s inclusion, justice, and security in 170 countries, according to its publishers.

The WPS Index is published by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Trends in the WPS Index show that the global advance of women’s status has slowed and disparities have widened across countries, the publishers said.

Norway was the highest ranking country and Afghanistan the lowest on the Index.

The Index measures the women’s status on the basis of three dimensions: inclusion, justice and security.

With forced displacement approaching 90 million and at all-time highs, the WPS Index has now been adapted and applied to measure the situation of forcibly displaced women. The Index said displaced women experienced an average disadvantage of about 24 percent compared to host community women.

It points to the women’s fight for empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa region. TRENDS highlights how MENA countries figured on the Index:

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