The Middle East by Gender Inequality
A significant amount of press has gone recently towards gender
inequality in the Middle East, so I wanted to plot clearly the
state of gender relations throughout the Middle East today.
Palestine was not included in the UN data, so that area was left blank.
Overall, two countries stood out. Israel had significantly better
gender equality than other countries, on par with any other western
liberal democracy. Yemen, on the other side of the spectrum, stuck
out clearly with large levels of gender inequality.
The line graph agrees overall with the map, though it adds context
from previous years of data. It becomes clear that Yemen's inequality
cannot be traced back solely to the current civil war, but has been an
issue for at least two decades. The line chart also shows massive steps
forward in equality for Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Pakistan, and Kuwait
within the last couple decades, though there is undoubtedly still large
amounts of work to be done in those countries.
Sources: UNDP Human Development Reports