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Nigeria, Central African Republic, Burundi, Somalia Rank Low in the 2023 WPS Index Report

By Mariam Ileyemi

The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index ranks countries and economies on women’s status (Photo: Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) )

Nigeria ranks 16th worst country out of 177 nations of the world in terms of the status of women, according to the 2023 Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Index report.

According to the report, all the bottom 20 countries, including Nigeria, have experienced armed conflicts between 2021 and 2022, noting that 2022 is the deadliest year on record for conflict-related deaths since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Iceland lead the 2023 rankings as the top five countries to live as a woman, while Afghanistan, Yemen, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan are the worst five countries on the index.

The WPS Index report, which was launched Monday in New York, captures 13 indicators including education, employment, laws and organised violence, classified under three dimensions: inclusion, justice and security.


The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index 2023/24, the fourth since the inaugural 2017/18 index, ranks 177 countries and economies on women’s status. As the only index to bring together indicators of women’s inclusion, justice, and security, the WPS Index is a valuable measure of women’s status that can be used to track trends, guide policymaking, and hold governments accountable for their promises to advance women’s rights and opportunities. The index was published by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).


Source: Premium Times

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