On the occasion of International Women’s Day, let us look at the number of countries worldwide where women have equal rights as their counterparts.
According to the report Women, Business and the Law 2021, recently published by the World Ban, there are only ten countries in the world which offer full legal protections to women. Belgium, France, Denmark, Latvia, Luxembourg, Sweden, Canada, Iceland, Portugal and Ireland were the only ones offering full equal rights for men and women, at least from a legal perspective.
It’s good to observe that 94 countries out of the world’s 194 ranked at 80 per cent or above, up from 87 in 2020. Saudi Arabia which came last in 2019 has improved its score majorly following new laws implemented in the country and now ranks 91st at 80 per cent. The last place in the 2020 ranking went to Yemen (26.9 per cent), ahead of Kuwait (28.8 percent) and Sudan (29.4 percent). The United States ranked at 91.3 percent below countries like Peru and Albania. It lost points because of a lack of laws guaranteeing equal pay and pensions, as well as due to the fact that they had unattractive laws around parental leave.
Japan and South Korea ranked approximately 82 per cent and 85 per cent, respectively, losing most points for the quality of laws concerning equal pay and entrepreneurship. Japan also only achieved 50 per cent of the score for workplace equality which looks at the areas of equal hiring, workplace discrimination and sexual harassment.