Pakistan is the fourth worst country for women according to recently released rankings of the Women, Peace and Security Index.

Of the 153 countries ranked for women's inclusion, justice and security, Pakistan was ranked at number 150, with the highest discrimination against women in the world and the lowest financial inclusion.

Women's average years of schooling in the country stands at only five years, while only 33 per cent of Pakistani women have been found to use cellphones. Only 24pc of Pakistani women are employed, while their share of seats in parliament stands at only 20pc.

The report, published by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in partnership with the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, claims that 1.09 males are born for every female born in Pakistan, which is higher than the 1.05 natural demographic rate, meaning that Pakistanis have a son bias.

It also identifies around 500,000 "missing girls" in Pakistan between 2010-15, which indicates that half a million more female children should have been born in the country during the period were it not for the son-bias.

It also states that 73pc of Pakistani men do not find it perfectly acceptable for women in their family to work outside their homes.

Read: The Pakistani woman: Where does she stand and where is she going?

It only gets worse: about 27pc of Pakistani women have faced violence from their intimate partners, while only 51pc of women feel safe working alone at night in the city or the area that they live in.

According to the index, only Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen are worse for women.

Iceland, Norway and Switzerland have been deemed the best countries for women's inclusion, justice and security.

Meanwhile India has been ranked 131st on the index. while United States ranks 22nd and United Kingdom at number 12.

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