The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, launched The global Women, Peace and Security Index. It measures women's well-being by assessing various factors such as inclusion, justice, and security in 153 countries.

With Afghanistan and Syria both rock bottom, countries that are less peaceful and unstable tended to score poorly in the index.  Pakistan is amongst the worst countries in the index and various studies have shown that domestic violence and "honor killings" are widespread there.

The U.S. is in 22nd position and its lack of paid maternity leave is one possible reason it trails other developed countries. The best five countries for women ranked by quality of women's lives in 2017 along with its ranking:
1 - Iceland (0.886)
2 - Norway (0.879)
3 - Switzerland (0.871)
4 - Slovenia (0.861)
5 - Spain (0.860)
22 - U.S.A (0.810)

The five worst countries for women with their respective ranking are:
152 -  Afghanistan, Syria (0.385)
151 - Yemen (0.407)
150 - Pakistan (0.441)
149 - Central African Republic (0.474)



Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/11754/the-best-and-worst-countries-for-women-worldwide/
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Countries ranked by quality of women's lives in 2017

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The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, launched The global Women, Peace and Security Index. It measures women's well-being by assessing various factors such as inclusion, justice, and security in 153 countries.

With Afghanistan and Syria both rock bottom, countries that are less peaceful and unstable tended to score poorly in the index. Pakistan is amongst the worst countries in the index and various studies have shown that domestic violence and "honor killings" are widespread there.

The U.S. is in 22nd position and its lack of paid maternity leave is one possible reason it trails other developed countries. The best five countries for women ranked by quality of women's lives in 2017 along with its ranking:
1 - Iceland (0.886)
2 - Norway (0.879)
3 - Switzerland (0.871)
4 - Slovenia (0.861)
5 - Spain (0.860)
22 - U.S.A (0.810)

The five worst countries for women with their respective ranking are:
152 - Afghanistan, Syria (0.385)
151 - Yemen (0.407)
150 - Pakistan (0.441)
149 - Central African Republic (0.474)



Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/11754/the-best-and-worst-countries-for-women-worldwide/
Image license: CC-BY-ND

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