Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Sweden, Finland, And Norway Are The Best Countries In The World To Be A Girl
Via Business Insider: An report by the Save the Children organization contains a 'Girl's opportunity index' which ranks 144 countries based on five factors that are used as measures for the societal conditions of girls: prevalence of child marriage, adolescent fertility, maternal mortality, percentage of female members of parliament, and rate of lower-secondary school completion. Sweden ranks number one in the index, followed by Finland and Norway. Denmark comes in sixth place, after the Netherlands and Belgium. Because of the nature of the indicators used for the index, most rich countries score high marks, but some still perform relatively poorly. The most common weak point is the number of female members of parliament. Amongst the rich countries, Sweden leads that category with 44% female members of parliament, closely followed by Finland and Spain. But there are countries that are placed much lower on the index overall but that have a higher percentage of female MPs. Rwanda, for example, has 64% female MPs but because of the other indicators holds place 49 in the index. The US is a country which performs particularly poorly with regard to how developed its economy is, ranking at 32nd place. The US only has 18% female MPs, a high prevalence of teenage pregnancy, and high mortality rates for women giving birth.