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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 11: Kuwait fell 43 places below to rank fourth in the Gulf and 91 globally on the ‘We are the World’ UN index for 2021, which measures women’s and children’s rights, reports Al-Rai daily. The rankings are issued by ‘ReliefWeb’, a service unit of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The index measures the level of rights and integration of children, adolescents and women in society, based on the foundations of health, education, economy and society. The report also ranks countries according to 5 inclusion categories, starting with ‘good inclusion’ and ending with very severe exclusion.
Kuwait came within the category of ‘insufficient inclusion’ for women and children, along with Qatar, Oman, Libya, Tunisia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine and Morocco. The report stated that, in general, in every country, if there is economic growth without broad and deep social reforms, there is a conflict between ‘male’ and ‘female’ power, as is the case in Kuwait, Brazil and South Africa. Kuwait came very late in the political representation of women, as it was among the lowest 5 countries in the world in terms of the percentage of women in parliament (number of seats for women). The report added that despite the high per capita GDP in Kuwait of $32,000, the country lags behind in the women and children index, and raked 46th globally in social progress.