National Geographic, in conjunction with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute Oslo, today announced The 2019-2020 Women, Peace, and Security Index, which ranked 167 countries from best to worst places to be a woman.
Norway ranked first in the world, the United States came in at #19 and Yemen came in last.
KEY FINDINGS INCLUDE:
· Ninety percent of the world’s countries have one or more laws that discriminate against women.
· China has the highest rate of male bias with 115 males born per 100 females.
· Nearly 75 percent of men in Pakistan believe it’s unacceptable for women to have a paid job. Disapproval exceeds 50 percent in Bangladesh, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan.
· About 379 million women experienced intimate partner violence in 2018. Yearly rates are a third higher in conflict-affected countries.
· Countries such as Rwanda, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Armenia, and Benin have recently made notable gains in women’s education, financial access, or representation in the national legislature.
· The global gender gap in employment spans 30 percentage points, with exceptions: Ninety-three percent of Rwandan women work.
· Women in Estonia receive an average of 14 years of education—nearly double the global average.
· In Bahrain a new mandate says a woman can go out of her home only with her husband’s permission.
· In Iran financial inclusion ranks high: More than 90 percent of women have a banking or other type of account.
Read the full story and see the 2019 Index illustrated in the November issue of National Geographic HERE. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/10/peril-progress-prosperity-womens-well-being-around-the-world-feature/
The November issue, which kicks off the magazine’s yearlong celebration of women who fearlessly push boundaries and inspire the next generation of changemakers, is available online now at natgeo.com/womenofimpact.Throughout the year, National Geographic will explore the lives of women and the massive changes underway for girls and women around the globe across print, digital and broadcast platforms.