Iceland was ranked as the best country to be a woman according to the 2018 Women, Peace and Security Index, put together by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.
A woman works in the assembly department of Ossur, an international company that makes prosthetics, on Dec. 6, 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ossur is certified as a company that has equal pay as part of a gender equality requirement recently passed by the government. The company did not need to make any changes in employee's salaries as equal pay was already being given to its workers regardless of gender.
Norway was ranked 2nd best country to be a woman. Protesters gather for the Women's March in Oslo, Norway, Jan. 21, 2017. The march was held in solidarity with similar events taking place internationaly.
Switzerland was ranked 3rd best country to be a woman. Protesters hold placards during the Women's March rally, in Geneva, Switzerlan on Jan. 21, 2017. Protest rallies were held in over 30 countries around the world in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington in defense of press freedom, women's and human rights following the official inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President.
Slovenia was ranked 4th best country to be a woman. Women kiss as they take part in the Ljubljana Pride Parade in Ljubljana, Slovenia on June 17, 2017.
Spain was ranked 5th best country to be a woman. People take part at a rally at the City Hall sqare on the occasion of the International Women's Day in Oviedo, Spain on March 8, 2018.
Syria and Afghanistan tied in the rankings for the worst countries to be a woman. Fighters from the Women's Protection Units, or YPJ, hold a celebration in Paradise Square in Raqqa, Syria on Oct. 19, 2017. The Kurdish female militia that took part in freeing the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group said in Oct. 2017 that it will continue the fight to liberate women from the extremists' brutal rule.
Afghan women prisoners learn beautician skills as part of the project supported by the Afghan government and an international Non-Government Organization Global Partner, on the eve of World Women Day, at a prison in Herat, Afghanistan, March 7, 2018. International Human Rights organizations are urging the Afghan government to provide prisoners with legal aid, literacy, education and vocational training inside the prisons which would empower them with some marketable skills that could help them survive.
Yemen was ranked the 3rd worst country to be a woman. Yemeni women attend a rally marking the International Women's Day in front of the UN offices in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 8, 2017.
Pakistan was ranked the 4th worst country to be a woman. A Pakistani woman works at a brick kiln, as the world observes the International Women's Day, in Karachi, Pakistan on March 8, 2018.
Central African Republic was ranked the 5th worst country to be a woman. An old woman, accused of witchcraft, waits in the central courtyard of the Bimbo Women's Prison in Bangui on Feb. 2, 2018.
Bimbo Prison is the only jail for women in Central African Republic with 47 prisoners, of whom 20 are on trial for witchcraft and 16 are still awaiting trial.