How women fare all over the world
In 2011, Newsweek Magazine did a comparative study of the condition of women all over the world. The magazine took some basic parameters for comparison, such as health, education, legal rights, political involvement and rights, as well s economic rights of the women in each of these countries. After gathering the statistics from the different countries, the relative percentages were collated through uniform criteria. This job was done by Lauren Streib.
According to this phenomenal study of the conditions of women in different countries all over the world, it was noticed that countries such as Iceland, Sweden and Canada had better overall rights for the women there, as well as better living conditions, than, say, the UK or the US. According to the statistics and percentages which were calculated, women in Iceland overall, enjoyed a good quality of life. 100 percent of the women enjoyed overall good quality, with the legal provisions also reaching out to the same percentage of women. The percentage of political involvement and freedom was 92.8 percent, while the percentage of health was 90.5 percent. Iceland is the only country to have a 100 percent overall quality of life for women in the country. Canada, in the overall score, stands at 96.6, while countries such as the US and Australia have scores such as 89.8 and 88.2, respectively. The top ten countries which manage to meet the standards of good quality of life for the women in the country include Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Canada, the United States of America, as well as Australia.
The lowest scores are by Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, Ethiopia and Mali, amongst others. Chad (Central Africa) leads the list. The overall quality of life of the women in Chad stands at 0.00 percent. Health and education provisions and rights for women in that country are nil. There are no standard provisions for the women for such basic facilities. Their legal rights stand at 20.7 percent, while economic rights stand at 70.9 percent.
Most of the countries in the lowest rungs allow for very little political involvement by the women. The health and education facilities are also very low, and in most of these countries, despite the fact that the women might have legal provisions, they are barely allowed to exercise these provisions, more so because the lack of education makes them ignorant of the provisions. Again, while the economic situation might have decent scores listed for even these countries, most women are not allowed to work, or are only allowed to do small and “harmless” home-based businesses. If one were to notice these differences, and the scores, it would be clear that most of the under-developed countries have the worst possible provisions for women.
However, conversely, the same could not be subverted to hold to true for some of the most developed countries. The UK does not even feature amongst the top 10 countries which have the best provisions for women. The US is far down in the list, below countries such as Denmark, Iceland and Canada. China, which is fast emerging as a reckoning force amongst some of the most powerful countries in the world, as well as Japan, which is a strong nation too, does not feature amongst the top ten countries. The rule, while general to a large extent, does not hold true at all times. Economic and military success does not guarantee good life condition for women. However, education and awareness does.