This new report, by the World Bank, "Opening doors: Gender Equality & Development in the Middle East & North Africa" takes a look at women's rights in MENA. It is also available in electronic format on the Internet.
In the last two decades, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has closed many critical gender gaps, especially in ensuring equal access for girls and boys to education and healthcare.
Today, the region can be proud that its women are enrolling in far greater numbers in university than ever before, and indeed, in many countries, young women are more educated than young men. At the same time, MENA has also witnessed the largest decrease in maternal mortality in the world. These achievements are commendable, and the next step is expanding the role of MENA women in the work place and in public life. Currently, only one in four women of working age are employed or looking for work. Young women in many MENA countries face unemployment rates as high as 50 percent.
The analysis in the report makes a compelling case for concerted and coordinated action on multiple fronts to realize these aspirations and harness the potential of MENA’s women. The report offers suggestions for policy action to address these myriad challenges. As the region looks to a new future and a new development path, we hope that this report will provide an analytical platform for debate and dialogue and a renewed commitment to gender equality.
(Source: The World Bank via RSS)
Eurypedia is a new Eurydice product that aims at presenting the most comprehensive and accurate picture of education systems and reforms in Europe.
The site covers 38 European education systems within the 33 countries participating in the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme (all 28 EU Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey).
By choosing from a country from the interactive map, you will gain access to specific national education system information, either in English or in the language of the country. The information is provided by the Eurydice National Unit, working with the relevant education Ministry and national experts.
This database covers the content that used to be issued in "A guide to higher education systems and qualifications in the EU and EEA countries".
(Source: European Commission. EACEA / MADGIC Staff)
Regional Statistics Illustrated - Eurostat is an interactive tool that allows users to visualize Eurostat's regional data. It contains more than 50 indicators by NUTS 2 regions, grouped into statistical domains (variables related to employment, population, health, economy, agriculture, education and transportation).
Using the interactive map, users can select individual regions quickly while different visualization options allow users to compare and analyze regional data in a user-friendly way. An animated timeline shows how regions have performed over time.
It features the following visualizations:
- Choropleth map
- Distribution plot
- Scatter plot
- Bar chart
- Data table
The tool accesses the latest available data for the Eurostat database so that the selected indicator always shows the latest figures. For more information about the functionalities of the tool, please see the help file.