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<P>Police troopers are silhouetted as they stand guard on bridge overlooking the parade commemorating the second anniversary of the uprising against Yemen former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa on February 11, 2013. Tens of thousands of Yemenis gathered in Sanaa to celebrate the second anniversary of the launch of nationwide protests that pushed president Ali Abdullah Saleh out of power after 33 years in office . AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AF</P>
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<P>24/7 Wall St.: By many measures, the United States is the wealthiest economy in the world. However, according to a recent survey, women do not benefit nearly as much as men. ranked 23rd in the world for gender equality, behind countries including South Africa, Cuba, and the Philippines.</P>
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<P>The World Economic Forum (WEF) report, the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, measured the disparities between men and women in 136 countries. In the nations that scored the worst, economic and educational opportunities, as well as political representation and health outcomes, were far worse for women than for men. According to the report, Iceland was the best country for gender equality, while Yemen was the worst. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 nations with the worst genderbased inequality. Five of these nations were among the bottom 10 countries measured for equality of educational attainment.</P>
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<P>According to the most recently available data, just 49% of Yemeni women and 40% of Pakistani women were literate, compared to 82% and 69% of men, respectively. Last year, the Pakistani Taliban shot teenager Malala Yousafzai for actively promoting girls' right to an education. She survived and was nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize for her activism.</P>
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<P>Women in countries with extreme gender inequality frequently also lack representation in political office. Women accounted for at least 20% of parliament in only three of the 10 worst nations. In Yemen, there are no female members of parliament. Only one of these nations, Pakistan, has had a female head of state in the last 50 years. Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto the sole woman to lead any of these countries was assassinated in 2007.</P>
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<P>While the rank is based on the inequality between men and women, the nations also tended to among the worst countries for women overall. Nine of them had among the world's worst labor force participation rates. Similarly, in half of the nations more than half of all women were illiterate, according to the latest available data.</P>
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<P>24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 nations that received the worst score in the World Economic Forum's 2013 Global Gender Gap Report. Each country was graded based on its score in four key areas: economic participation and opportunity; educational attainment; health and survival; and political empowerment. Countries scored worse by each measure Cheap NFL Jerseys when the gap between men and women for that measure was the widest. For example, women in Yemen do not have the lowest literacy rate in the world, but the gap between men and women by that measure is the widest, so Yemen received the lowest score for literacy. At the time the WEF produced their study all figures represented the most recently available data.</P>
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<P>Here are the most unfair countries for women according to 24/7 Wall St.:</P>
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<P>Pct. women in parliament: 20%</P>
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<P>Only 18% of working age Saudi women are part of the workforce, less than only four other countries. Saudi women earn an estimated $7,156 annually, while Saudi men made around $37,661 on average one of the widest gaps globally. Saudi Arabia is also the only country where women are wholesale jerseys not allowed to drive. This past Saturday, activists called upon Saudi women to violate the ban. The rule is one of many separating women from men in the country: "Guardianship laws" include prohibitions on women from marrying, working, or travelling abroad without male permission.</P>
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<P>9. MaliIncome gap: 41% (20th worst)</P>
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<P>Labor force participation (m/f): 71%/38%</P>
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<P>Literacy rate (m/f): 43%/25%</P>
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<P>Pct. women in parliament: 10%</P>
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<P>Low educational attainment is a major contributor to gender inequality in Mali, with only four countries receiving worse marks from the WEF. Women were far less likely than men to be literate. Just 25% of the women aged 15 and over surveyed were able to read and write a simple sentence about their lives, among the lowest rates in the world. Although educational attainment is poor among both genders, Malian girls and women are less likely than their male counterparts to be enrolled at each level of education. This disparity worsens at higher levels of education. In addition to a wide gender imbalance, the country has recently had to deal with considerable internal unrest. Last year, Islamic extremists took advantage of the instability that followed a coup in Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Mali's capital, Bamako, and seized power in northern Mali. This lead to a brief war, during which France and bordering nations helped secure Mali against rebel forces.</P>
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<P>8. MoroccoIncome gap: 28% (tied12th worst)</P>
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<P>Labor force participation (m/f): 78%/26%</P>
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<P>Literacy rate (m/f): 76%/58%</P>
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<P>Pct. women in parliament: 17%</P>
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<P>Only about one in four working age women in Morocco were part of the labor force, one of the lowest proportions of all the countries reviewed by the WEF. This trend mirrors the social expectation in Morocco that women stay at home and go out only seldomly. Women in Morocco are also among the least likely to be literate, with only just over half Cheap NFL Jerseys of the female population aged 15 and over statement about their lives. Despite the genderbased disparities in educational attainment in the country Morocco scored worse than over 100 other countries in this category there is still evidence of a female voice in the country. An exhibition currently at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston features work by female photographers from Morocco and several Arab countries.</P>
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