Best countries in the world for women

Women do not receive the same opportunities or the same treatement than men, yet. In December 2015, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released their annual Global Gender Gap report which analyses women’s quality of life in 145 countries, in term of gender equality. The report also ranks the world’s best countries for women with regards to economic participation and opportunity (business), political empowerment, education and health.

What are the best countries in the world for women?

This is the TOP 10 of the best countries for women in terms of gender equality, according to the Global Gender Gap report.

#1

 Iceland

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#2

Norway

#3

Finland

#4

Sweden

#5

Ireland

#6

Rwanda

#7

Philippines

#8

Switzerland

#9

Slovenia

#10

New Zealand

Nordic countries remain the most gender-equal societies in the world and so the best countries for women. Iceland (#1), Norway (#2), Finland (#3) and Sweden (#4) still dominate the Global Gender Gap Index.

Ireland is the highest placed non-Nordic country, ranking 5th. Rwanda (#6), Philippines (#7) and New Zealand (#10) are the only non-European countries in the top 10. The United States are 28th.

Among the BRICS grouping, the highest-placed nation is South Africa (#17), supported by strong scores on political participation. Russia (#75) is next, followed by Brazil (#85). China is #91 and India #108.

What are the worst countries for women to live in?

#1

Yemen

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#2

Pakistan

#3

Syria

#4

Chad

#5

Iran

#6

Jordan

#7

Morocco

#8

Lebanon

#9

Mali

#10

Egypt

It’s back to the future

Even though progresses are visible worldwide, stubborn inequalities remain.

« It’s Back to the Future as Women’s Pay Finally Equals Men’s … From 2006 », says the 2015 Global Gender Gap report. Indeed, the report shows that wage inequality persists, with women only now earning what men did a decade ago. Facts and figures show that more women are enrolling at university comparing to men, however, men still make up the majority of skilled workers and the majority of leaders.

According to the 2015 report, it will take another 118 years to close the global gender gap across health, education, economic opportunity and politics.

 Global Gender Gap 2015 report

“More women than men are enrolled in universities in nearly 100 countries but women hold the majority of senior roles in only a handful of countries. Companies and governments need to implement new policies to prevent this continued loss of talent and instead leverage it for boosting growth and competitiveness”, said Saadia Zahidi, Head of the Global Challenge on Gender Parity at the World Economic Forum.

Read the full report here

First published in 2006, the Global Gender Gap report ranks worldwide economies according to  how well they are leveraging their female talent pool, based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators.

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