Friday, June 6, 2008

Worst places to be a woman

The FP magazine lists the world's worst places to be a woman: Haiti, Yemen, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, and Moldova. (HT: Chris Blattman)

I am surprised that my country, Nepal is also in the list. Never thought it was so bad! Actually, it is the worst place to be a woman in South Asia, according to the ranking.

Worst in South Asia

Share of women in Constituent Assembly: About 32 percent

Female-to-male income ratio: 50:100

Female literacy rate: 35 percent

Marriage comes early in Nepal: Women born in the late 1970s married at a median age of 16. And motherhood is particularly dangerous. Nepal is the “deadliest place in the world to give birth outside Afghanistan and a clutch of countries in sub-Saharan Africa,” according to a 2006 report by the International Federation of the Red Cross. That’s because only about 1 in 5 births is attended by trained health personnel. But the government is taking steps to improve women’s lives: A quota system for women and minorities resulted in a third of the Constituent Assembly seats going to women in the April elections.