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Afghanistan

Ranking: 170 / 170 | Index Value: 0.278

Afghanistan’s Performance on the
Women, Peace, and Security Index

Compared to 9 Other Countries in the South Asia Region

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Ongoing conflict in Afghanistan worsens local outcomes for women

This year, we conducted localized analysis for Afghanistan. The range of performance were wide, with Panjshir scoring nearly four times better than Uruzgan. There are also massive disparities at the indicator level—for example, the share of men who tolerated wife-beating ranged from 97 percent in Paktia to 15 percent in Daykundi, while current rates of current intimate partner violence ranged from a massive 90 percent in Ghor to 5 percent in Helmand. We expect future data to show that the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August has only exacerbated these conditions.
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Inclusion

Women’s Mean Years of Schooling 2017 data is not available for this country

0 15 Afghanistan 1.9 2021 Best in Group 2021 Sri Lanka 11.1 Worst in Group 2021 Afghanistan 1.9

Women's Employment (%) 2017 data is not available for this country

0 100 Afghanistan 19.2 2021 Best in Group 2021 Nepal 73.7 Worst in Group 2021 Iran 14.8

Women's Cellphone Use (%)

0 100 2017 52.8 Afghanistan 42.7 2021 Best in Group 2021 Maldives 94.6 Worst in Group 2021 Afghanistan 42.7

Women's Financial Inclusion (%)

0 100 2017 3.8 Afghanistan 7.2 2021 Best in Group 2021 Iran 91.6 Worst in Group 2021 Pakistan 7

Women's Share of Parliament Seats (%)

0 100 2017 28.4 Afghanistan 27.2 2021 Best in Group 2021 Nepal 33.6 Worst in Group 2021 Maldives 4.6

Justice

Discriminatory Norms (%)

100 0 Afghanistan 51 2017 & 2021 Best in Group 2021 Nepal 18 Worst in Group 2021 Pakistan 73

Son Bias (Male to female birth ratio)

1.2 0 Afghanistan 1.06 2017 & 2021 Best in Group 2021 Bhutan 1.04 Worst in Group 2021 India 1.1

Absence of Legal Discrimination Against Women

0 100 2017 28.8 Afghanistan 38.1 2021 Best in Group 2021 Nepal 80.6 Worst in Group 2021 Iran 31.3

Security

Organized Violence (Battle Deaths per 100,000)

200 0 2017 30.92 Afghanistan 68.6 2021 Best in Group 2021 Bangladesh 0 Worst in Group 2021 Afghanistan 68.6

Women's Perception of Community Safety (%)

0 100 2017 35.5 Afghanistan 9.8 2021 Best in Group 2021 Iran 66.1 Worst in Group 2021 Afghanistan 9.8

Current Intimate Partner Violence (%) 2017 data is not available for this country

100 0 Afghanistan 35 2021 Best in Group 2021 Sri Lanka 4 Worst in Group 2021 Afghanistan 35