In commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child, Save the Children, an international Non-governmental Organisation, NGO, has published a report revealing the best and worst countries for the girl child.
According to the report, the 5 worst countries are all African. The report identifies these 5:
3. Central Afican Republic
5. And Somalia
Adolescent pregnancy and child marriage rank high on the list of reasons for the countries’ low rankings.
Child marriage remains a major issue worldwide. A girl under the age of 15 is forced to marry every seven seconds, a release from Save the Children said. In all, an estimated 15 million girls are married before they turn 18 each year.
On the other side of the ranking, the following countries ranks best:
Despite having the world’s biggest economy, the United States ranks No. 32, right below Algeria and Kazakhstan. That’s because, compared to other developed countries, the U.S. has fewer female representatives in national government, and higher teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality rates.