On Mother’s Day, Save the Children released their annual report on how mothers around the world fare.
Based on how both mothers and children, the report finds that the best place in the world to be a mother is Norway and the worst is Afghanistan.
“These statistics go far beyond mere
numbers. The human despair and lost opportunities
represented in these numbers demand
mothers everywhere be given the basic tools
they need to break the cycle of poverty and
improve the quality of life for themselves,
their children, and for generations to come.” (page 5)
In the bottom ten countries, the report tells us (page 27):
- Over half of all births are not attended by skilled health personnel.
- On average, 1 woman in 30 dies from pregnancy-related causes.
- 1 child in 6 dies before his or her fifth birthday.
- 1 child in 3 suffers from malnutrition.
- 1 child in 7 is not enrolled in primary school.
- Only 4 girls are enrolled in primary school for every
- On average, females have fewer than 6 years of formal
- Women earn only 40 percent of what men do.
- 9 out of 10 women are likely to suffer the loss of a child in their lifetime.
The consolidated rankings on page 30 include a Mothers’ ranking, Women’s ranking and Children’s ranking.
Check out this important report: State of the World’s Mothers 2011.