Monday, April 21, 2008

Women in the Muslim world

Pakistani columnist Dr. Farrukh Saleem, in reviewing the 2007 Global Gender Gap (GGG) report, noted that nine of the ten worst countries for women's rights are Muslim; at the opposite end of the spectrum, none of the top ten is a Muslim-majority state. The GGG Index is based on economic participation, educational attainment, political empowerment and health. Saleem speculates that Muslim-majority countries have failed to rise "to the height of glory" because they let half of their accumulated brainpower go to waste: as he notes, Muslims make up 22 percent of global population but produce less than 5 percent of global GDP. Read his full article here (thanks to Dhimmi Watch). As for the GGP report, which is put out by the World Economic Forum, you can find it here.

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