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Belgium is the best country in the world for women, says report

13:22 05/12/2014

A recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that Belgium is the most female-friendly country in the world, with a strong legal framework in place to protect them and a political system wherein women are increasingly represented, reports De Morgen. The gender pay gap, however, is still too large, according to the study.

The OECD study analysed data on economic and social discrimination in 160 countries, and ranked 106 of them, as not all countries provided complete data.

Belgium comes out at the top of the ranking as the best country for women’s rights, followed by France, Slovenia, Spain and Serbia. The countries with the worst policies for women are Chad, Mali, Gambia and Sudan. Yemen, which requires no legal minimum age for marriage, ranks at the bottom of the list.

Written by Robyn Boyle



I wonder if any women were consulted. Lower pay than men (for the same job), token presence at higher levels of government and industry (glass ceiling definitely there), etc. Women may have basic civil rights but the best country in the world for women it certainly is not.

Dec 7, 2014 16:38

It's not the best country for anybody achieving a good salary with no family or kids, it's slave labour for the State. That's men and women.

Dec 8, 2014 12:02

Anon2 and Mimike13: I'm sure you know, being Belgian working women and all... Thanks for your vitriol once more ( gets you everywhere)!

Dec 8, 2014 14:43

I no longer work for the Belgian State, ACS. About time you got this.

Dec 8, 2014 21:12

@Mikak -- Dear me, dear me, how could anyone forget. Sooooo sorry! (Make a note in my diary shall i?). -- But, exams and Christmas approaching, I now have a few things to see to. Best wishes to you too!

Dec 9, 2014 11:57