Does geography really matter for a person? Well, I am not convinced with this statement, but when it comes to women, it affects life in a different manner. Gender biasedness is not a thing of the past but still in existence in almost all countries.
Whether its salary, education, employment opportunities, or basic human rights, society treats a man and a woman separately. Several factors pop up when looking at gender equality as it is still a complex area of research. But what does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to be a victim of deeds you have never committed?
Many countries around the world are considered brutal for women’s existence, but on the lighter part, some fall under the category of safest countries for women to live. It is time to dive down into the list now,
The first country to feature in this list is Canada. In the past years, the country has seen some rise in gender equality, but at the same time, slow progress has been made in closing the pay equality gap.
As per Paulette Senior, the president and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the country is ranked 16th out among 149 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report 2018.
Last year in 2019, Sweden grabbed the numero-uno position for being the safest country for women. According to a report generated by YouGov, the Swedes have the most influential and progressive attitudes towards gender equality.
Both men and women in the Nordic country tend to see women as an exploited group. However, the leaders have taken some severe steps to address this issue. In the year 2018, Sweden stamped its position on the third spot out of 149 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Report.
Denmark has emerged as the pole position holder for the safest countries for women in 2020. The Danish government has been working intrusively to promote gender equality by offering an earnings-related daycare system and a parental leave policy that is among the most flexible in the European Union.
Denmark held the 13th spot out of 149 countries in the year 2018 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report.
Another European country that has made progress in bridging the gender gap across health, education, employment, and political measures.
The government paves way for pregnant women and new mothers by providing them access to a maternity nurse, with part or all costs covered by insurance. The country ranked 27th among 149 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report in 2018.
Norway is also considered among the best countries for women to live. According to the World Economic Forum, the to be mothers can take 35 weeks at full pay or 45 weeks at 80% pay.
In the 2018 World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report, Norway was ranked 2 out of 149 countries.
Another Nordic country that has proved to be a lynchpin in women’s empowerment and their right to equality is Finland. There are countries where women are either barred of tertiary education or given the same status as men, but Finland offers more tertiary education to women than to men.
However, there is still a gender gap when it comes to salaries. Men have a slight upper hand with 80 percent than women with 76 percent. Finland still has the upper hand as compared to many other countries in terms of women's safety and their rights.
With an individual score of 86.2 for the best countries for women, Germany was placed 7th on the list in the year 2019. The government has time and time encouraged women to study in more male-dominant areas including fields like math, engineering, and science.
German legislation is strong at protecting women’s rights. There are national and state laws to enforce gender equality. Except for medical science, women are prominently in the humanities and cultural studies in the country.
Australia has gender equality nearing 8 out of 10. It is also one of the most prolific countries in the world for women to work.
A female Swiss ex-pat points out that “the work-life balance and weather are amazing” in Australia.
The career prospects go up to 65% for women versus 67% of men, work-life balance is 70% for women which is one percent more than men. Talking about job security, it is 64% for women, whereas, 63% of men.
Conclusion: While there is still work to be done, the recorded progress in gender equality in different countries so far looks encouraging. Other countries are trying their level best to up the ante to get recognized globally as the better place for women and girls.