Research organizations Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security and Peace Research Institute Oslo carried out a global research on women’s rights and said that the state of women’s rights has improved in some 60 countries, but it deteriorated in many war-torn nations.
The researchers looked at 167 countries since 2017 when the first Women, Peace and Security Index was compiled, weighing variables such as access to bank accounts, jobs and security.
The new research found deterioration in women’s lives was often linked to security, which worsened in many countries globally and also quite high in some African countries.
There are a number of countries which have boosted the share of women in their national legislatures across the globe. The new research found deterioration in women’s lives was often linked to security, which worsened in almost 50 countries in the world.
As to legal reforms, Moldova moved up 22 places owing to changes in its sexual assault laws.
Saudi Arabia persisted in having the most extensive legal discrimination against women, followed by Yemen, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Syria.
The researchers however said it was not “all doom and gloom” around the world, for the state of women’s rights.
According to the findings, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Austria are among the best countries in the world to be a woman.
Rounding out the top of the list were United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Sweden and Netherlands tied for ninth place, followed by Canada.
“There are important areas of progress. It’s not all doom and gloom,” said Jeni Klugman, managing director of the Georgetown Institute and lead author of the index.
South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Mali and Libya were listed as some of the worst countries in the world, for one to be a woman. These are some of the nations in Africa that are leading in women rights discrimination.
South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland(Eswait) are the leading nations in Africa and world when it comes to high rape incidences per 100,000 citizens according to World Population Review
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