The Worst Place to Be a Mother | Foreign Policy (Photo Essay)

YAMBIO, SUDAN - JANUARY 13: A woman and her child sit in the courtyard of a hospital that is run in partnership with Doctors Without Borders, aka Medecins Sans Frontieres (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

This week, Save the Children released its annual report on the State of the World’s Mothers, which ranks the status of mothers in countries worldwide using a wide set of criteria including female life expectancy, lifetime risk of maternal death, women’s economic equality, child mortality, and working conditions for mothers.

Topping this year’s index is Norway, the developed country with one of the highest ratio of female-to-male earned income, the world’s highest contraception rate, and one of the most generous maternity leave policies anywhere. Northern Europe dominated the top 10 with the United States coming in at a not particularly impressive 31st, thanks in part to its 1 in 2,100 maternal death ratio — the highest of any industrialized nation– and its maternity leave policies, the shortest and least well-supported financially of any wealthy nation.

This Mother’s Day, it’s worth remembering the struggling moms in the following 10 countries, who make up the bottom of the list.

The Worst Place to Be a Mother | Foreign Policy (Photo Essay)


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