TORONTO - According to the world’s leading experts in gender issues,
Canada takes the top rank in the G20 for the well-being of women.
poll was conducted by TrustLaw, a free news service operated by the
Thompson Reuters Foundation and did not include statistical data.
370 specialists in 63 countries were asked to rank the 19 countries of
the G20 – the European Union, an economic grouping of the G20, was not
included - in terms of the overall best and worst place to be a woman.
report was released a week prior to the upcoming G20 Summit in Mexico
and polled experts from the UN agency for gender quality, Oxfam
International, and journalists and academics, amongst others.
six categories surveyed included quality of health, freedom from
violence, workplace opportunities, access to resources, political
participation and freedom from human trafficking.
asked to consider varying issues within each category, such as rights
related to land and property, discrimination in the workplace, access to
justice, a spectrum of violence against women and mortality rates. Canada placed first overall; rounding out the top
five spots were Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia and France.
India, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia were at the bottom of the list, with
India taking the bottom ranking due to issues like child marriage,
infanticide and slavery.
“While we have much more to do,
women have access to healthcare, we place a premium on education, which
is the ﬁrst step toward economic independence, and we have laws that
protect girls and women and don’t allow for child marriage. However, we
have a long way to go in terms of equal pay for equal work,” said Farah
Mohamed, president and CEO of Canadian-based G(irls)20 Summit, in a
release. The group organized a youth gathering in Mexico ahead of the
G20 leaders’ meeting.
According to the United Nations’ Gender
Inequality Index which looks at reproductive health, the labour market
and the empowerment of women, Canada ranks 20th in the world.
Numbers from the poll
62 – per cent of university graduates in Canada who are female, according to a Stats Can report (2008)
75 – per cent of women aged 15-29 who use contraception in Canada, according to the UN (2005-2010)
83 – years of female life expectancy in Germany, according to the UN Stats Division (2010-2015)
5 – number of female CEOs in Australia out of the top 200 companies, according to Australia Census for Women in Leadership (2010)
16 – number of weeks of fully paid maternity leave for new mothers in France, according to the U.N. Stats Division (2011)
22.9 – number in millions of women who do not have health insurance in the U.S., according to US Census (2012)
250,000 – number of children estimated to be involved in prostitution in Brazil, according to the US State Department
52 – per cent of women in India who think it’s justifiable for a man to beat his wife
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