With an epidemic of sexual assault and domestic violence sweeping the globe, it comes as no surprise that young women are scared to walk the streets alone. Instead of feeling sheltered and secure in our communities, that initial sense of comfort has been substituted with a foreboding fear that the worst could happen at any given moment. Simply existing as a woman in today's society comes complete with challenges that are exacerbated depending on where you reside. While it’s evident that we're far off from achieving equilibrium, a new study has revealed the best (and worst) countries to live in as a woman, and Australia hasn't even made it into the top 10.
The 2019 Women's Liveability Index, courtesy of Nespick, analysed over 100 countries coupled with several factors that affect the daily lives of women. These factors included domestic violence rates, the gender pay gap, and period poverty, as well as female life expectancy on the whole. Taking all of the aforementioned factors into consideration, the study concluded that Norway is, in fact, the best country for women to live in. Its high standard of living, strong equality legislation and gender pay gap of 7.1 percent (Australia's currently sits at a ludicrous 17.9 percent) cements its position as one of the most gender equal economies in the world. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Nigeria was considered the worst for women, followed by Ethiopia, Pakistan, and Uganda.
"With more and more women moving abroad than ever before, we wanted to create a resource that would help women to better understand the potential quality of life in different countries around the world. While the results also include countries which have some way to go in order to improve living standards for women, this index ought to act as a positive springboard for those nations to see how they could improve their advocacy and actions to advance living standards for women in these countries." said Nestpick's Managing Director, Ömer Kücükdere.
The Top 10 Best Countries For Women
The Top 10 Worst Countries For Women
You can access the full index here.