An Independent on Sunday investigation to mark International Women’s Day unearths some surprising results…
When more than half of the world’s population wakes up on Thursday ”“ the 101st International Women’s Day ”“ it will be hard to know whether to celebrate or give in to despair. A British woman will face the prospect of at least 14 more general elections before women equal men in the Commons. But a woman in Qatar will be six times more likely to go to university than the man next door.
The global gender gap defies simple solutions. Eighty-five per cent of countries have improved conditions for women over the past six years, according to the World Economic Forum, but in economic and political terms there is still a long way to go.
“From London to Lahore,” says Oxfam, “inequality between men and women persists.” Here The Independent on Sunday explores the best places to be a woman today.