The global gender gap index placed Morocco in 136th globally and 10th in the MENA region, noted that the kingdom scored 0.624 out of 1.
According to the World Economic Forum, Morocco, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia recorded a “positive increase” in their 2022 gender gap scores, whereas Algeria, Oman, and Qatar were labeled the worst-performing MENA countries in 2022, while Israel, Lebanon, and the UAE finished as the top-performing countries in the region.
Breaking down Morocco’s performance by the scores of four subindexes, the Kingdom has lowered its gender gap in the educational attainment and health and survival subindexes, receiving scores of 0.945 and 0.961 out of 1 respectively, which placed the country 114th and 131st in the global ranking.
The country’s performance faltered, however, with regard to Moroccan women’s participation in the economy and politics.
At the regional level, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Oman were the only countries with educational attainment scores less than 0.95, while the regional average for 2022 was 0.962.
The index noted, however, that all MENA countries have closed their gender gaps in tertiary education, although only some reached gender parity in primary and secondary education.
As for equal access to health, Morocco and Egypt were the only countries in the region that were “trailing behind,” with respective scores of 0.961 and 0.968. The regional average for the subindex is 0.964. Tunisia, Kuwait, and Lebanon, however, succeeded in closing at least 96% of the gender gap in health.
Regarding gender parity in the economic participation and opportunity subindex, Morocco ranked 139th in the world with a score of 0.447. Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco scored the lowest in the economic parity index in the MENA, putting them behind the region’s leading countries on the subindex: Jordan, Kuwait, and Israel.
Morocco notably received its lowest subindex score, 0.145, in the political empowerment category, placing it 99th worldwide.
The same report said that the MENA region will need 115 years to close its gender gap.