Earlier this month, international child rights NGO Save the Children released its annual Mothers’ Index, ranking 164 countries on the basis of how mothers fare. Unsurprisingly, Norway topped the list as the best place to be a mother (Scandivanian countries have a way of sneakily topping all ‘quality of life’ lists, must be the weather), while, even less surprisingly, Afghanistan ranked last, making it the toughest country in the world to be a mother.
Where was India?
India, a secular, politically stable democracy with one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, is ranked 75 out of 79 ‘less developed’ countries. The survey divided countries into more developed, less developed and least developed ones and drew up separate lists, (which means India didn’t make it to the first cut), on the basis of indicators of health, education and economic status of mothers and children.
That’s 57 spots behind China (our proclaimed economic competitor), 18 behind Algeria (which emerged from a 19-year emergency rule only this year), 9 behind Occupied Palestinian Territory (a region of uncertain legal status) and one behind Congo (yet to see a fully fair and democratic election).
Read the full article, Sorry, ma! on the Mumbai Action website.
To read the report, go to: Mother's Index 2011