Pak­istan ranks ‘five worst coun­tries for women in world’

Daily Messenger - - Sportlight - SJA Jafri Bu­reau Chief Aus­tralia

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.

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