SELECTED STATISTICAL DATA AND INDICATORS
 


 

Progress toward gender equality and womenís empowerment can be measured using various statistics and indicators.

The ESCWA Compendium of Social Statistics and Indicators, published annually, includes measures for the gender gap between women and men in ESCWA member countries in a variety of areas, ranging from population, education and health to employment.

The gender equality index uses the ratio of women and men to show differences between them for a given measure of equality. A ratio of 1.0 means women and men are equal. An index below 1.0 indicates an imbalance in favour of men. An index below 1.0 indicates an imbalance in favour of women.

Gender equality indices in the following areas are available:

Population
Child Health
Adult Health
Education
Employment

Other major indicators measuring women and menís capabilities and opportunities include the human development index (HDI), gender empowerment measure and the gender-related development index (GDI) published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the annual Human Development Report.

The following table portrays the HDI, GDI and GEM rank and value for selected Arab countries.
 


UNECE

 

 


UNIFEM

 
 


UNDP

 
 


UNSTATS

 
 


AGFUND

 

 


CAWTAR

 

 


IDRC