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    Oct. 11 is the official International Day of the Girl,
    as declared by the United Nations in 2011. The day was established
    to advocate for young girls and “to help galvanize worldwide
    enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them
    to show leadership and reach their full potential.” Part of this year’s
    initiative — the theme of which is Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What
    Counts for Girls — includes a just-published analysis of issues that
    affect girls and female teens. 

    The Girls’
    Opportunity Index ranks 144 countries in order of how well girls fare
    in those countries — “their opportunity to control their own lives and to
    fulfill their potential.” 

    Girls’ Opportunity

    Entire PDF report here: http://www.savethechildren.org/atf/cf/%7B9def2ebe-10ae-432c-9bd0-df91d2eba74a%7D/EVERY%20LAST%20GIRL%20REPORT%20FINAL.PDF

    Indicators used to
    calculate overall score:

    Child marriage

    Adolescent fertility

    Maternal mortality
    (as an indicator of girls’ access to good-quality healthcare)

    Women MPs (relative
    to male MPs)

    school completion

    How Slavic Countries Ranked: 

    Slovenia – 7

    Serbia – 20

    Poland – 22

    Belarus – 24

    Czech Republic – 25

    Macedonia – 28


    (USA – 32)


    Montenegro – 36

    Bosnia and
    Herzegovina – 40

    Slovakia – 42

    Ukraine – 51


    (Not included)





    While the USA, the
    world’s biggest economy, ranks at number 8 in the HDI [UNDP’s Human Development
    Index, which assesses the development of a country based on not just economic
    growth but also people and their capabilities], it is at position 32 in the index,
    below Algeria and Kazakhstan. As well as women’s representation in parliament
    [Congress and Senate], the USA is let down by relatively high adolescent
    fertility and maternal mortality rates compared to other countries in its
    income group. Fourteen women died per 100,000 live births in the USA in
    2015; a similar number to Uruguay and Lebanon, and far higher than the three
    deaths per 100,000 in Poland, Greece and Finland.



    Places where women are MPs are not good for women. Women in politics ruin the country for everybody. Just look at mama Merkel.



    Margaret Thatcher known as Iron Lady was a good leader. So was Helen Clark of New Zealand.



    In the land of the blind the one-eyed is king, as they say. Thus Thatcher looks good in comparison with the manginas that came after her. Also, what’s a New Zealand? I think that belongs in the cuisine thread.



    I agree that Slovenia is taking the first place on the ranking. But why is Poland ranked higher than Czech Republic? Just because they happen to have the female prime minister? This is definitely not a valid criteria.


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