Belarus Named 24th Best Country for Women
Save the Children, an international non–governmental organization that promotes children's rights, published its Every Last Girl report, which includes the Girls’ Opportunity Index. According to it, Belarus is the 24th best country for a young woman to live in.
The index takes into account such factors as child marriage, adolescent fertility, maternal mortality, the number of women MPs, and lower–secondary school completion.
Among Belarus’ neighboring countries, Poland occupies the 22nd position, while Ukraine is ranked 51st. Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania aren’t included in the list.
Sweden, Finland, and Norway lead the ranking at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively.
The index states that not all rich countries are performing as well as they should. Occupying the 22nd position in the UNDP’s Human Development Index (HDI), Australia is ranked 21st in the Girls’ Opportunity Index due to its low proportion of women MPs and relatively high adolescent fertility rate. Same factors apply for the USA and Canada, which are ranked 32nd and 19th. The USA is let down by relatively high adolescent fertility and maternal mortality rates compared to other countries in its income group. Fourteen women died per 100,000 live births in the USA in 2015; a similar number to Uruguay and Lebanon, and far higher than the three deaths per 100,000 in Poland, Greece and Finland.