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The Best Countries for Women & Girls

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Happy 101st International Women’s Day!

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re sharing some news about women from around the world.

The British newspaper, The Independent, reviewed data from around the world to evaluate how women are faring.

Studies show that by focusing on education for women in developing countries and providing them with the means to support themselves and their families, the rates of poverty and child mortality decrease dramatically.

Working together, we can create a world where every child has access to a quality education, health care, and enjoys their human rights and liberties.

Politics

In Rwanda, women hold 45 out of 80 parliamentary seats. This is the only country in the world where there are more women than men at this level of political prominence. Belize, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have no female members of parliament.

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Business & Work Place

Thailand has the most women managers in the work place in the world. Forty-five percent of senior managers in Thailand are women. In the US, only 20 percent of women hold senior management positions. In Japan, only 8 percent of senior management jobs are held by women.

In Jamaica, almost 60 percent of the high-skilled jobs are held by women.

Life Expectancy

Japanese women have the longest life expectancy in the world – 87 years.

Sports

The United States is the best place in the world to be a female athlete. Five out of the ten best-paid female athletes in the world are from the US. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, has never sent a woman to the Olympics.

Literacy

Lesotho has the best female literacy rate compared to the men’s rate in the world. Ninety-five percent of women in Lesotho can read and write. Only 83 percent of the men in Lesotho can read and write.

Best Overall

Taking political participation, education, health, and employment statistics into account, Iceland has been named the best country in the world for women.

In honor of International Women’s Day, let’s do our best to encourage and inspire the girls and young women in our lives so that we can make every country the best country on earth for them.

To read the entire report, click here.

For more facts about the status of women and girls around the world, check out DoSomething.org’s website and Almostallthetruth.com.

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A Conversation on Immigration

I caught Dr. Dan Gottlieb’s radio show, “Focus on Family” on WHYY on Monday and I was intrigued.  The topic was immigration and how children and families are affected by immigration issues (legal as well as illegal).  One anecdote in particular caught my attention.  A woman called in and identified herself as Jamaican-American.  As a first-generation American mother, she was concerned about how to help her children, who were born in America, navigate American cultural norms.  She explained that during one family trip to Jamaican she assisted her children in purchasing colorful bracelets to give as presents to their friends in America.  When her children tried to give their friends the bracelets, the gifts were refused because parents believed the bracelets were somehow related to Rastafarianism.  

images-1I could only imagine the sadness the mother and her children felt to have their gift rebuffed.  It reminded me that Americans, for all our good qualities, can be rather myopic when it comes to understanding other people’s cultures.  It was a very interesting broadcast so I highly recommend listening to it.

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