WPS Index: Slovenia is the 4th Best Country for Quality of Life for Women in the World

By , 18 Nov 2017, 02:22 AM Lifestyle
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Countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights and opportunity.


This report on the Women, Peace, and Security Index is the product of collaboration between the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). In this first edition of the WPS Index, Slovenia has been ranked 4th out of 153 countries across all regions of the world, covering more than 98 percent of the world’s population.

The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index is a comprehensive measure of women’s wellbeing consisting of 3 dimensions and 11 indicators: inclusion (economic, social, political); justice (formal laws and informal discrimination); and security (at the family, community, and societal levels.) It is the first index to capture both peace and security, and women’s inclusion and justice in the context of the Sustainable Development Agenda.

What makes the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index different than the others is the inclusion of security as a major innovation captured at several levels that are crucial for women’s well-being: the home and family, the community, and society.

The index shows that Iceland leads the world, which covers more than 98% of the world’s population, while war-torn Afghanistan and Syria are tied for last place.

Slovenia has been ranked 4th following the Iceland, Norway and Switzerland and before countries very well known for the excellent position of women in the society such as Sweden, Finland and Netherlands.The figures show that in Slovenia the average schooling years for women are 12, women’s financial inclusion is 97%, women's share of parliament seats is 28%, women employment is 49%, women perception of community safety is 80%, etc. However, fewer than half of women in Slovenia are in paid work, and all the top-performing countries could improve the legal position of women.

The WPS Index was made possible by support from the government of Norway and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. It will be updated every two years. Learn more about the WPS index here.

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