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Women in Myanmar make offerings to monks
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Myanmar

Myanmar is in transition after its first democratic elections and a nationwide ceasefire agreement with eight ethnic armed groups in…

Colombian woman walks through street
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Colombia

Colombia, a middle-income country, has embedded the right to equality for women in its constitution since 1991 and has advanced…

Woman looks over Turkey's coast
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Turkey

Turkey is a country of gender-equality paradoxes. Women hold almost half the academic positions and are one-third of the country’s…

Woman makes hand crafts in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has long been recognized for its advances in gender equality and human development. Female literacy is close to…

Woman and child in ethnic dress in South Africa
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South Africa

South Africa ranks second in the WPS Index for Sub-Saharan Africa, while revealing major unevenness in performance. Overall levels of…

Woman holds a child in Iran
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Iran

Iran presents an interesting case of uneven achievements across dimensions. There are good accomplishments on financial inclusion, with almost 9…

Seated women in ethnic dress in the Philippines
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The Philippines

The Philippines ranks 32 places higher on the WPS Index than on income per capita, reflecting major achievements in inclusion,…

Women in Mali
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Mali

Mali is among the poorest countries in the world and ranks in the bottom dozen on the WPS Index. Women’s…