The 25 Worst Countries for Women


To find the 25 worst countries for women, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the Women, Peace, and Security Index 2021/22 published by Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and Peace Research Institute Oslo. 2021. Countries are ranked by their index score between 0 and 1, where scores closer to 0 denote countries that are worse for women, and scores closer to 1 scores are better for women. The index ranks 170 countries using 11 indicators.

The 11 indicators include: mean years of education for women ages 25+; the percentage of women ages 15+ who have a bank (or similar) account, alone or jointly; the percentage of the female population ages 25+ that is employed; the percentage of women ages 15+ who report having a cell phone; the percentage of parliamentary seats held by women; the absence of legal discrimination indicator – the degree (0 to 100) to which the laws and regulations differentiate between women and men; son bias using sex ratio at birth; the percentage of males ages 15+ who do not think it is acceptable for a woman to have paid jobs outside their home; the percentage of females ages 15+ who feel safe walking alone at night; the percentage of women who experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner; the total number of battle deaths from state and non-state conflicts per 100,000 people. Full methodology can be found in the full report.

Population figures and gross domestic product per capita in current U.S. dollars are from the World Bank. We used population figures to break ties.