Women safety has been a challenging issue for many countries and societies across the world. With crimes like rape, acid attack, murder, marital rape etc haunting the soundness of women law and order measures have proven to be of limited effect.
While some countries like that of the Islamic world have stringent provisions for crime against women the status of women in those societies is low and is always that of a dependent of men.
However, the case is not the same everywhere and there are countries that have a safe and sound environment for women to let them enjoy there rights and freedoms in parallel with there male counterparts. These countries would be the topic of our discussion today as we take a look at the ‘top 5 countries’ of the world in terms of ‘women safety’.
New Zealand has been one of the most progressive countries when it comes to the rights of women and their safety. The country which has the honor of being the 1st nation in the world to offer women the right to vote has fairly low rates of crime against women.
New Zealand has scored consistently well on major global indices such as the Global Peace Index, Gender-Equality Index, Human Development Index and has effective laws against marital rape, domestic assault, and sexual harassment. The country has also legalized prostitution and has a system of law for protecting the rights of prostitutes.
This Scandinavian nation who is always a top performer in the Human Development Index has been voted second in the Global Gender Gap Index in women’s rights. Further, the sex ratio in the country leans in favor of women.
Women in Finland enjoy a “high degree of equality” and “traditional courtesy” among men and were the first to be granted the right to vote in Europe. World Economic Forum in its report ‘Travel and Tourism Competitiveness’ has ranked Finland at number 1 in terms of safety, making it a top destination for women to travel solo safely.
If you go by stats then Iceland can be said as a “perfect destination” for women to nurture their potential while enjoying their rights in a safe environment. If you don’t believe then check these numbers:
- 88% of working-age women are employed
- 65% of students attending university are female
- 41% of members of parliament are women
Iceland is arguably one of the world’s most gender-equal countries and is ranked number one in the Global Peace Index (GPI).
The home of 3rd largest economy of the world Japan can be rated as the safest place for women in Asia. The country has great healthcare and low crime rates record which can be highlighted from infant and maternal mortality rates of 0.19% and 0.005%, respectively.
Japan also does well on peace and development indices, indicating a country that offers a high quality of life for its overall population and is one of the few countries where females have more years of schooling than men.
This North American country which is famous among us “Indians’ for the significant presence of our diaspora is ranked 1st in terms of “country for women to live and work”. The country is also a preferred choice of female students as there “study abroad” destination.
Canada scores high in terms of workplace opportunities for women, access to resources, participation of women in politics, quality of health, freedom from violence, freedom from trafficking and slavery.