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World’s Best Countries for Women: Rwanda 4th, Nigeria, others crawl

World’s Best Countries for Women:Rwanda 4th, Nigeria, others crawl

The best countries for women in terms of gender equality was recently announced by the World Economic Forum in the new edition of its annual Global Gender Gap report.

The 2017 report assesses 144 economies on how well they utilise the female workforce in their country based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators. The report can be used as an objective analysis of women’s quality of life compared with male peers, and to thereby rank the world’s best countries for women in terms of gender equality.

ASSESSING GENDER EQUALITY

To produce the Index, the World Economic Forum analyses more than a dozen data sets including those produced by World Economic Forum, UNESCO Institute of Statistics and the OECD.

The rankings are compiled by calculating gender-based gaps in accessing resources such as education, healthcare and opportunities to participate in political and economic processes.

Assessing the gender gap enables the Index to compare rich and poor countries on an equal footing. It is the disparity between genders that is being measured rather than the baseline quality of living. This creates a ranking of the best countries for women according to the gap between genders.

BEST COUNTRIES FOR WOMEN: INSIGHTS

Out of the 144 countries covered by the Index, 82 countries have improved their overall gender gap score compared to last year, while 60 have seen it decrease.

The Nordic states are consistently the best countries for women and have been so since the report was first produced in 2006.

Iceland (1) holds the top spot for the ninth year in a row. Norway (2) overtakes Finland and regains second place, while Finland (3) returns to its 2015 third-place position.

The 2017 report assesses 144 economies on how well they utilise the female workforce

Rwanda (4) continues its steady climb since first entering the Index and has now pushed Sweden into fifth. Rwanda is notably the country with the highest share of female parliamentarians in the world at 61%.

Denmark (14) and the United Kingdom (15) both climb several ranks from their position last year. The United States (49) has moved down four spots compared to 2016.

The worst country for gender parity is, as last year, Yemen (144). Making up the rest of the bottom five are Pakistan (143), Syria (142), Chad (141) and Iran (140).

BEST COUNTRIES FOR WOMEN RANKING

The highest possible score is 1 (equality) and the lowest possible score is 0 (inequality).

RANK COUNTRY SCORE
1 Iceland 0.878
2 Norway 0.830
3 Finland 0.823
4 Rwanda 0.822
5 Sweden 0.816
6 Nicaragua 0.814
7 Slovenia 0.805
8 Ireland 0.794
9 New Zealand 0.791
10 Philippines 0.790
11 France 0.778
12 Germany 0.778
13 Namibia 0.777
14 Denmark 0.776
15 United Kingdom 0.770
16 Canada 0.769
17 Bolivia 0.758
18 Bulgaria 0.756
19 South Africa 0.756
20 Latvia 0.756
21 Switzerland 0.755
22 Burundi 0.755
23 Barbados 0.750
24 Spain 0.746
25 Cuba 0.745
26 Belarus 0.744
27 Bahamas 0.743
28 Lithuania 0.742
29 Mozambique 0.741
30 Moldova 0.740
31 Belgium 0.739
32 Netherlands 0.737
33 Portugal 0.734
34 Argentina 0.732
35 Australia 0.731
36 Colombia 0.731
37 Estonia 0.731
38 Albania 0.728
39 Poland 0.728
40 Serbia 0.727
41 Costa Rica 0.727
42 Ecuador 0.724
43 Panama 0.722
44 Israel 0.721
45 Uganda 0.721
46 Botswana 0.720
47 Bangladesh 0.719
48 Peru 0.719
49 United States 0.718
50 Zimbabwe 0.717
51 Jamaica 0.717
52 Kazakhstan 0.713
53 Mongolia 0.713
54 Croatia 0.711
55 Honduras 0.711
56 Uruguay 0.710
57 Austria 0.709
58 Romania 0.708
59 Luxembourg 0.706
60 Venezuela 0.706
61 Ukraine 0.705
62 El Salvador 0.705
63 Chile 0.704
64 Lao PDR 0.703
65 Singapore 0.702
66 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.702
67 Macedonia, FYR 0.702
68 Tanzania 0.700
69 Vietnam 0.698
70 Dominican Republic 0.697
71 Russian Federation 0.696
72 Ghana 0.695
73 Lesotho 0.695
74 Slovak Republic 0.694
75 Thailand 0.694
76 Kenya 0.694
77 Montenegro 0.693
78 Greece 0.692
79 Belize 0.692
80 Madagascar 0.692
81 Mexico 0.692
82 Italy 0.692
83 Myanmar* 0.691
84 Indonesia 0.691
85 Kyrgyz Republic 0.691
86 Suriname 0.689
87 Cameroon 0.689
88 Czech Republic 0.688
89 Cape Verde 0.686
90 Brazil 0.684
91 Senegal 0.684
92 Cyprus 0.684
93 Malta 0.682
94 Georgia 0.679
95 Tajikistan 0.678
96 Paraguay 0.678
97 Armenia 0.677
98 Azerbaijan 0.676
99 Cambodia 0.676
100 China 0.674
101 Malawi 0.672
102 Brunei Darussalam 0.671
103 Hungary 0.670
104 Malaysia 0.670
105 Swaziland 0.670
106 Maldives 0.669
107 Liberia 0.669
108 India 0.669
109 Sri Lanka 0.669
110 Guatemala 0.667
111 Nepal 0.664
112 Mauritius 0.664
113 Guinea 0.659
114 Japan 0.657
115 Ethiopia 0.656
116 Benin 0.652
117 Tunisia 0.651
118 Korea, Rep. 0.650
119 Gambia, The 0.649
120 United Arab Emirates 0.649
121 Burkina Faso 0.646
122 Nigeria 0.641
123 Angola 0.640
124 Bhutan 0.638
125 Fiji* 0.638
126 Bahrain 0.632
127 Algeria 0.629
128 Timor-Leste 0.628
129 Kuwait 0.628
130 Qatar 0.626
131 Turkey 0.625
132 Mauritania 0.614
133 Côte d’Ivoire 0.611
134 Egypt 0.608
135 Jordan 0.604
136 Morocco 0.598
137 Lebanon 0.596
138 Saudi Arabia 0.584
139 Mali 0.583
140 Iran, Islamic Rep. 0.583
141 Chad 0.575
142 Syria 0.568
143 Pakistan 0.546
144 Yemen 0.516

 

Source:Global Gender Gap Report 2017:

 

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