If you’re looking for a new potential country to settle down in for a short-term adventure or a more permanent stay, there are a few things that often spring to mind: economic position, culture, safety, work-life balance and general quality of life. But in light of recent political instability, particularly with women’s equality and diversity, the 2017 US News and World Report, in partnership with AV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, surveyed 9,000 women who were asked to score countries based on gender equality, income equality, safety and progressiveness.
Chief Executive of BAV consulting has said of the survey, “Our data captured widespread global concern for the social and geopolitical changes that cast many nations into uncertainty and turmoil. The new rankings reflect people’s desire to restore some sense of order by rewarding nations they perceive as championing neutrality, stability and diplomacy.” Let’s shine a light on the 10 best countries that are forging a better path, shall we?
The Swedes often can’t be beat for their country’s education system and supportive infrastructure, and now they have one more notch to add to their belt for empowering women. Per the Swedish government, gender equality is considered a “cornerstone” in their society.
Coming in second, Denmark is known for its flexible parental leave system and its offering of an earnings-related day care system.
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It could be that Norway is commonly dubbed one of the most gender equal nations due to its generous maternity leave policies given to women, who can take 35-45 weeks leave at 80 per cent pay.
The Netherlands has ranked 16 out of 144 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Report 2016. The country also provides benefits to new mothers, including giving them access to a maternity nurse with part of the cost covered by insurance.
Past Scandinavia’s shores, Sure Canada has a landscape that rivals some of the world’s most beautiful sights, but it has also made women’s rights central to both their domestic and foreign policy.
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Finland could be considered the earliest adopter of equality, being the first country to grant women the right to vote and to legalise universal suffrage.
Switzerland has been widely associated with diversity and equality reflected in its longstanding attitudes towards women’s rights.
We made it! Australian women’s highly engaged participation in the sporting arena and high life expectancy secured us a position in the top 10.
Austria’s rich culture has ensured one of the highest standards of living for all its citizens, including their high-income democracy.
New Zealand rounded off the list, finding itself as a leader in peacekeeping throughout the country.