Women: mapping inequalities

Professor Valerie Hudson just published a series of maps of “The worst Places to be a Woman” on Foreign Policy.
Look at Switzerland! Having worked in Equal Opportunities I’m not surprised to see that this very developed country is still having quite a lot of issues with equal opportunities for women. If you check out the full article you can see many other maps of gender inequalities: India and central Africa are always very “dark”, scoring low on all parameters. The scarriest ones are child marriage and maternal mortality. These maps make a good job in making very “visibile” the surprising inequalities that still exist. The map on “Women’s Phisical Security” surprisingly portrays Peru as the black sheep of America.

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3 Responses to Women: mapping inequalities

  1. Interesting data. I think a lot of North Americans would be surprised to know that Pakistan, Namibia, Colombia (and many others) have a higher representation of women in government than the United States.
    My only criticism of these maps is that they invite countries with seemingly good reputations to pat themselves on the back, when the war on women in these regions still exists. Even the subtitle of the article “Mapping the places where the war on women is still being fought” seems to imply that the fight might be over in some regions, when it is clear from the maps that it is being fought (in different ways and to different degrees) in every region throughout the world.
    Speaking as a North American, I think it is common for us to look at other countries and to arrogantly perceive ourselves as as being an advanced society with regard to women’s rights. In reality, we still have plenty of work to do and lately the war has taken on subtler and more devious forms (the objectification and hyper-sexualization of women and girls in the media, for example).

    • Sabrina says:

      Thank you for your comment. Indeed we should be aware that aggregated data, like in these visuals, are always an oversimplification of reality. At least they can get us thinking and talking about equal opportunities for women. I fully agree that developed countries still have “plenty of work to do” regarding the use of women in the media ( with Italian TV shows being a terrible example) and also about the women’s perception of what is the role of women.

  2. Interesing post–thanks for sharing

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