Guess Which Country Is Best For Women?
The Thomson Reuters Foundation's legal
news service, TrustLaw, found that India is the worst place for a woman to be
while Canada was shown to be the best. Made up of 370 gender experts, the group
concluded that Canada's access to health care and its protections against
violence toward women created a more egalitarian nation than seen in some
European countries and the US. India, on the other hand, is plagued by
infanticide, child marriage and slavery. America, incidentally, didn't make the
top five, coming in after Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Australia and France.
A total of 19 countries were included.
Sarah Degnan Kambou, president of
the International Center for Research on Women in Washington, which participated
in the poll, told TrustLaw that "Canada leads the pack with its promotion of
women's access and opportunities across various sectors of society, including
education, economic participation and health care."
The survey questions assessed
gender equality in the G20 countries from six categories: quality of health,
freedom from violence, participation in politics, workplace opportunities,
access to resources and freedom from trafficking and slavery.
Shani R. Friedman, a native of
Nova Scotia, is a writer and editor living in New York who started a pop culture
and news blog about Canada three years ago. Visit Shani's Blog at http://allthingscanadian.blogspot.com/.