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Canada best G20 country for women, India worst

Posted on 21 June 2012 by admin


A global poll of experts rates Canada to be the best place for a woman among the G20 countries, representing the world’s biggest economies. The poll ranked India as the worst place for women. Policies promoting gender equality, safeguards against violence and exploitation and access to healthcare put Canada on top. In contrast, infanticide, child marriage and slavery make India the worst. Conducted by TrustLaw, a legal news service run by Thomson Reuters Foundation, the poll found Germany, Britain, Australia and France to be the other countries among the top five. Saudi Arabia, where despite being educated, women are banned from driving and only recently won the right to vote stood second-worst after India, followed by Indonesia, South Africa and Mexico. TrustLaw asked aid professionals, academics, health workers, policymakers, journalists and development specialists with expertise in gender issues to rank the 19 countries of the G20 in terms of the overall best and worst to be a woman. The countries were ranked in six categories: quality of health, freedom from violence, participation in politics, work place opportunities, access to resources such as education and property rights and freedom from trafficking and slavery.

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