Although women make up almost half of the world’s population, their health is not a priority in almost all countries around the world. They often face injustice in the form of domestic violence, sexual assault, lack of opportunities in their careers, different kinds of prejudice. And here are some of the astonishing facts about the state of women’s health in the world today.
When it comes to life expectancy, women tend to live longer than men. This is true in most countries in the world. Their average life expectancy is around 74 years old. Spain has the highest, at 86.3 years while Sierra Leone has the lowest, at 52.8 years.
It is surprising that the United States is only ranked 38 in the world, with only 81.1 years. As expected, among those at the bottom of the scale are 30 nations that are located in Africa.
Statistics also reveal that the maternal mortality rate is not as serious today compared to what it was in the past. However, when you consider the actual number of deaths, the mortality rate of women giving birth is still shockingly high.
Sierra Leone in South Africa has the highest, with 1,360 deaths per 100,000. Four countries in Western Europe, namely Finland, Iceland, Poland and Greece, have the lowest mortality rates, at 3 per 100,000. The United States is again surprisingly near at the top. It is ranked 64th with 26 deaths out of 100,000. Again, as expected, the highest 25 nations are located in Africa.
Women marrying at an early age also impact the state of women’s health and their life expectancy. There are still young girls, from ages 15 to 19 in some countries who are getting married mainly because of economic reasons.
Niger is the topmost nation in the world with 61 percent of its women marrying at their very young age. Australia is one of the lowest, with only 1 percent of its women marrying young. The United States has 3 percent of its young women tying the knot.
Another issue that impacts women’s health is violence against women. There are many countries in the world that are still plagued by this problem. The country that has the highest incidence of this problem is Nigeria, with 78 percent of its women at the receiving end. The lowest is in Canada, with only around 1 percent.
It is also unfortunate that there is no data available on this issue in almost half of the countries in the world. This speaks volume of how this practice is accepted in these parts of the world.