Pakistan ranks ‘five worst countries for women in world’
MELBOURNE: In what is being termed as the first index to capture women’s inclusion, security, and access to justice in context of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Agenda, the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Index has ranked 153 countries on the condition of women and their empowerment in homes, communities, and societies.
Iceland leads the world in the WPS Index, while Afghanistan and Syria are tied for last place. Pakistan ranks 150 out of 153 coun- tries, securing a place in the five worst countries for women in the world.
The Index which was released last month at the UN indicates that women in many countries still face huge constraints in personal security, social and political inclusion, and legal access. Compiled by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS) and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), the Index makes use of recognised publicly available interna- tional data sources to rank countries. The Index covers more than 98% of the world’s population.
According to the GIWPS, a striking correlation between insecurity in the home, which is measured by high rates of intimate partner violence, and a lack of safety in the community exists. Rates of partner violence in developing countries are more than one-third higher in conflict countries than in non-conflict countries, reported the GIWPS based on the index.
Here’s a look at the five best and the five worst countries for women based on theWPS Index.