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Ethiopia among worst places for women

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


Ethiopia is one of the worst places in the world for women, at least according to a report released by Newsweek magazine. The country ranked 157th overall in Newsweek’s “The Best and Worst Places for Women,” which analyzed 165 countries. The report looked at five areas that affect women’s lives — treatment under the law, political power, workforce participation, access to education and access to health care. Ethiopia garnered only score of 23.7 out of 100, followed by countries such as Pakistan, Niger, and Afghanistan. Even Eritrea performed better, coming 131th with a score of 44.5.Neighboring Kenya ranked 116, Djibouti 144, Sudan 156.
Newsweek named Iceland as the best place in the world for women with an overall score of 100, followed by Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Norway, United States, Australia and Netherlands. The worst place in the world to be a woman, according to the report, is Chad in Central Africa with an overall score of zero.

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  1. rohasol
    September 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm | #1

    We shouldn’t deny this. Rather we ought to try creating a better Ethiopia for women and all.

  2. Ericka
    September 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm | #2

    I would like to know there reasoning. I lived in Ethiopia for a year and a half and the women are content to be completely frank…. I would just like to know what research they used, who they talked to…. How they came to these rankings.

    • September 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm | #3

      Hello Ericka,
      i also feel the report should not be taken as a gospel but it could help to begin discussion of this issue.i hope we will hear also from Ethiopians, male or female, what they make of it.

    • Ndileka
      September 28, 2011 at 11:16 am | #4

      Hello, this is not a contentment or happiness index. If you look at the lists they’ve used to come up with the result (Justice, health, education, economics, politics), you will not find it any way disagree with it. that is how things are in ethiopia. no need to deny it, if not worse.

  3. rahel
    September 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm | #5

    Hello Ericka and arefe
    I’m young ethiopian woman living and raised aboard well my view is quite different from what I read my mom was a working mom very independent and stable she had the support of her husband and her kids, so I thought every ethiopians life was like my story, but I found life is quite different from what I have pictured it to be, lots of our mothers who live in the rural areas of our country side endure lots of struggle and challenges in their daily activity of life! it is up each one of us to ensure our mothers’ receive the best cares, indeed they are core stones of our heart and homes!
    Thank you arefe for amazing blog.

  4. bogale wolde
    September 25, 2013 at 10:26 am | #6

    Hello men :-of course there is tough and great challenge for Ethiopian women to to push daily life specially those live in rural area,but some what un known source of report makes it too exaggerated

  1. September 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm | #1

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