Education, empowerment and economic activity by region

South Asia and the Middle East and North Africa register the lowest indices in empowerment (13 and 19, respectively), indicating the low status of women and the lack of affirmative action to address the gender gap in these countries. Both regions, likewise, score the lowest in economic participation. Central Asia also scored low in empowerment (27) even as countries in this region are relatively doing well in women’s economic participation. Sub-Saharan Africa scored a little higher at 29 in the empowerment dimension which corresponds to the global average. Europe and North America register the best performance in the empowerment dimension with the index at 73. Following closely are East Asia and Pacific (70) and Latin America and the Caribbean (66).