We all know that there is no real equality between men and women in today’s world. What is also sure, is that there are countries which are a little closer to achieving equality than others.
The Daily Beast has recently published a list of the best places to be a woman. They were trying to “determine which countries offer women the most expansive rights and the best quality of life.” Before you continue reading. This would be the moment to do some guessing. Which countries do you think are providing the best living standards for women?
- JUSTICE – or if there are laws which protect women economically and against violence.
- HEALTH – or how statistically healthy women are in a country and their access to health care
- EDUCATION – or how literate women in a country are
- ECONOMICS – or how equal the opportunities are for both genders in all different sectors
- POLITICS – or how many women there are in the government and in which positions
So, I guess you are all waiting for the results. Unfortunately, they are not surprising at all. Top five are:
- Iceland (highest score on justice together with Canada)
- Canada (highest score on justice together with Iceland)
- Finland (highest score in politics)
As far as the other factors go: Norway (7) has the highest score on health whereas China (23) shows the highest score on education. Surprising are the top-scorers for economy: Rwanda (38), Burundi (64) & Gambia (108) are very favourable for women in economy. Generally, African countries have high economy scores.
I decided to check out some of the countries I have lived in: Switzerland scores 6. and that because it is comparably low on politics the same as the Netherlands (10, very high education score). New Zealand (11) is low on justice and Germany (30) has a bad score because of politics just like Italy (59) who also loses out because of economics. It is closely followed by Argentina (low on politics and health).
Appartently, the worst countries for women are Yemen (very low on politics), Afghanistan (low on justice and health) and Chad (scoring especially bad on health and education).
What do you think about this ranking? Do you agree on how your country scored?
Picture by Kali Sánchez, thank you!