BEST PLACES ON EARTH FOR WOMEN.

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1) Best place to be a woman — ICELAND

Iceland has the greatest equality between men and women, taking into account politics, education, employment and health indicators. The worst is Yemen, and the most dangerous is Afghanistan.

2) BEST PLACE TO BE A POLITICIAN — RWANDA

Rwanda is the only nation w hich females make up the majority of parliamentarians. Women hold 45 out of 80 seats. The worst countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Qatar, Oman and Belize, have no women in parliament.

3) BEST PLACE TO  BE A MOTHER — NORWAY

Norway is the world’s best place to be a mother, with low risks of maternal mortality — one in 7,000 — and skilled help at nearly all births. The worst is Affghanistan, where a woman is at least 200 times more likely to die during childbirth than from bombs or bullets.

4) BEST PLACE TO READ A ND WRITE — LESOTHO

Literacy rates among women in Lesotho exceed those of men, with 95 per cent of women able to read and write, compared with 83 per cent of men. the worst country is Ethiopia, where only 18 per cent of women can read and write, compared with 42 per cent of men.

5) BEST PLACE TO BE HEAD OF STATE — SRI  LANKA

Women have run Sri Lanka for 20 year, while dozens of countries including Spain and Sweden, have never had a female head of government.

6) BEST PLACE TO BE A WOMEN IN THE ARTS — SWEDEN

The Swedish Arts Council has launched initiatives to improve gender equality in the arts. The Swedish Film Insitute mandates that film grants be disturbuted evenly men and women and there are quotas for women in film production.

7) BEST PLACE TO LIVE LONG — JAPAN

Women in Japan can expect to live longest (87 years), beating men by seven years. Female life expectancy is shortest in Lesotho (48 years) but only two years less than men.

8) BEST PLACE TO GIVE BIRTH — GREECE

Greece is the world’s safest place to give birth, with a one in 31,800 risk of dying in childbirth. The worst  place to have a baby is thought to be the world’s newest country, South Sudan. There are fewer than 20 midwives in the whole country.

9) BEST PLACE TO LEAVE YOUR HUSBAND — GUAM

The Micronesian island of Guam has the highest divorce rate in the world. Guatemala has the lowest.

10) BEST PLACE TO BE AN ATHLLLETE — US.

Five of the top 10 highest paid female sporting athletes in 2011 were from the US. The worst country, Saudi Arabia, has never sent a female athlete to the Olympics and bans girls from sports in state schools.

11) BEST PLACE TO BE A LADY OF LEISURE — DENMARK

Women in Denmark have more time for leisure, spending only 57 hours more minutes each day on unpaid work than men, the lowest in the OECD. Mexican women have it hardest, spending four hours 21 minutes more on unpaid work than men.

12) BEST PLACE TO EARN MONEY — LUXEMBOURG

Luxembourg shares the top spot (with Norway) for estimated income. When income is capped at $40,000 women and men are as likely to earn the same amount. The lowest female earners are in Saudi Arabia.

13) BEST PLACE TO GO TO UNIVERSITY — QATAR

In Qatar six women are enrolled in tertiary education for every man. Questions remains as to whether the investment in their education has led to the integration of women into the economy.

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