Loading

Lebanon Ranks 6th in MasterCard Worldwide Index of Women's Advancement

Lebanon came sixth regionally, in the MasterCard Worldwide Index of Women's Advancement 2012 with a total score of 51.8.

The report on women's empowerment, measures female business and government leadership, education opportunities and workforce participation.

 

 

Bahrain topped the list with a total score of 69.

The UAE came second in the region with 67.5, followed by Qatar (67.1), Kuwait (63.5), Oman (63.4), Lebanon (51.8), Egypt (49.8) and Saudi Arabia (36.9). The Index is comprised of five indicators: Business Ownership, Business & Government Leadership, Workforce Participation, Regular Employment Opportunities and Tertiary Education.

 

Each indicator measures the ratio of women to every 100 men in each of the markets covered by the research.

 

All of the eight markets have remained consistent or seen increases in their overall Index scores for at least the last three years, the study shows.

 

 

  1. Enrollment rates for women in tertiary institutions surpass men for most Middle East and Levant markets

 

In 7 of the 8 markets surveyed in the Middle East and Levant, women are on par or better represented in tertiary institutions than their male counterparts. This is the case in Qatar (558.7), Bahrain (273.1), Kuwait (243.1), the UAE (181.6), Oman (156.8), Lebanon (119.6) and Saudi Arabia (109.5).
 

It is also worth noting that, while not on par with men, women are also well represented in tertiary institutions in Egypt (85.4).

 

  1. Moving towards a level playing field in terms of regular employment opportunities

 

In terms of regular employment, most markets included in the research offered equal opportunity for both men and women.
 

Lebanon, Oman, Bahrain, the UAE and Qatar reflected parity scores above 100, and women in Kuwait (99.3) and Egypt (80.1) were also found to have strong employment opportunities as compared to males.

 

 

  1. Room for growth in business/government leadership positions

 

There is room for growth in encouraging women to take up positions as business and government leaders in the Middle East and Levant. According to the scores of the latest index, women business/government leaders are better represented than their male counterparts only in Bahrain. It is interesting to note that there are 313.6 women business/government leaders to every 100 males in the same position in this market.

 

Women business/government leaders are also fairly well represented in the UAE (84.1), Oman (80.7) and Qatar (63.9). However, women are still underrepresented in this category in Saudi Arabia (53.5), Egypt (47.7), Kuwait (46.1) and Lebanon (27.8).

 

 

  1. Discrepancies in workforce participation rates
     

Most Middle East and Levant markets ranked poorly in terms of workforce participation rates for women.
 

Qatar (54.3) and Kuwait (52.7) were the only markets with more than 50 women in the workforce for every 100 men, with the rest of the market scores reflecting even lower levels of workforce participation.

 

 

  1. Gender disparity among small business owners

 

Female business owners in the Middle East and Levant still require greater economic and social empowerment. All markets in the region included in the research had fewer than 50 female business owners for every 100 male business owners.

 

Oman (38.9) scored the highest in this category, while Kuwait (22.9), Egypt (20.8) and Lebanon (14.4) had less women for every 100 men owning businesses in their country.

 

MasterCard’s research on women’s advancement has shown that while more women have access to tertiary education and job opportunities, there is still room for improvement, especially when it comes to women owning their own businesses.  

 

 

MasterCard Worldwide Index of Women’s Advancement

Market

Overall

Score (2012)

Five Indicator Scores

Tertiary Education

Business Owners

Business & Government Leaders

Workforce Participation

Regular Employment Opportunities

Bahrain

69.0

273.1

32.0

313.6

45.3

113.5

Egypt

49.8

85.4

20.8

47.7

32.1

80.1

Kuwait

63.5

243.1

22.9

46.1

52.7

99.3

Lebanon

51.8

119.6

14.4

27.8

32.1

150.2

Saudi Arabia

36.9

109.5

n/a

53.5

24.4

n/a

Oman

63.4

156.8

38.9

80.7

35.4

122.6

UAE

67.5

181.6

31.5

84.1

46.9

105.8

Qatar

67.1

558.7

26.7

63.9

54.3

102.7

Source: MasterCard

photo trucknroll's photostream

 

MORE REPORTS ARTICLES

By Hani Bathiche Small boutique wineries making...
While the International Monetary Fund (IMF)...
The 2012 survey of the world's most expensive...
Standard & Poor's indicated that Lebanon...
Business Monitor International revised downward...
The World Bank estimated that a rise in the...
Business Monitor International anticipated that...
A survey conducted by opinion polling and...
A study conducted by Al-Rai newspapers during the...
A survey conducted by BSEC, the securitization...
Beirut

Migration to cities is increasing so much that, by 2050, the UN predicts that approximately two thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities.

ECO INITIATIVES

  • A fundraising event, entitled Think Green, will be held by Zero Waste ACT for all its business members on September, 10,2013, at WHITE, Dora.
  • The Green Mind Association invited all Green Mind Award Participants, finalists, runner ups and winners to the GREEN MIND DAY on  Jan-16-2013 in Beirut, to create a platform where interested Venture Capital and Potential Investors met with participants.
  • A green initiative launched by Ashrafieh 2020 project aims to transform Ashrafieh into a tranquil and unpolluted area.Green spaces allow residents to walk and ride bicycles.

STAY CONNECTED WITH EECOY.COM

 

MOST VISITED ARTICLES

  1. Moody’s Investors Service indicated that the high level of Central Bank reserves is...
  2. In 2010, the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 8 percent. The economic forecast...
  3. The General Labor Confederation (GLC) warned that the increase of the value added tax (VAT) rate...
  4. Finally, the electricity bill law is approved by the Lebanese parliament. A draft law allocates $1....
  5. Will the government raise the minimum wage?A scenario, some experts expect will result in layoffs...

UPCOMING EVENTS

Member login

Request new password