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Mar 5, 2012

International Women’s Day

This Thursday will be celebrated as International Women’s Day. There are interesting statistics that are coming out in anticipation of the one hundred and first women’s day; some of the results by London’s Independent Newspaper show that the jewel is way behind in two aspects but generally conditions for women have improved in eighty-five percent of countries that were polled. In Britain, according to the stats, it is not foreseen that in the next decade, a woman can return to ten Downing Street; the last female prime minister was Margaret Thatcher. The best place to be as a woman is Iceland, which has the greatest equality between men and women. Rwanda is the best place for female politicians, while among the worst countries is Belize, which is clustered along with Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Qatar where there are no women in parliament. In contrast, the Bahamas is cited as the best place for economic participation by women and the Caribbean stands out as the region with the highest proportion of TV, print and radio news stories reported by women (forty-five percent). In Jamaica, the highest ratio of women is in high-skilled jobs, such as legislators, senior officials and managers. Almost sixty percent of these roles are filled by women.  In developed countries, Norway stands out as the best place to be a mother and Sweden is the best place with the right to chose while the US is the noted as the best place to be a female athlete.

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