Nigeria has been ranked the 16th worst country in the world to be a woman. This ranking is out of 177 nations in the world surveyed by the 2023 World, Peace and Security Index.
According to a report by Premium Times Nigeria, the key indicators used for measuring growth in the report were education, employment, organised violence and laws which were further classified into inclusion, justice and security.
It was also reported that all the bottom twenty countries including Nigeria have experienced armed conflicts between 2021 and 2022.
Furthermore, it was noted that Nigeria scored high in the political violence targeting women indicator. Nigeria was amongst the first five countries in that category with other countries like Mexico, Brazil and The Democratic Republic of Congo.
Nigeria was also reported to have dropped in the Women, Peace and Security Index ranks for women.
In 2022, it was ranked 130 out of 177 countries; in 2023 however, it was ranked 162, a sharp decline from the year before.
Commenting on the report, the Executive Director for the GIWPS, Melanne Verveer said: “Women around the world increasingly find themselves on the frontlines of deadly conflicts. At the same time, there is a rise in authoritarianism targeted at pushing back women’s progress.”
She also said: “The WPS Index reminds us that there is a direct correlation between the well-being of women and the well-being of nations.”
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