With the rise of the MeToo movement and female-led protests around the globe against sexual assault, the reality about the day-to-day quality of life for females is surfacing. Unfortunately, even countries deemed to be relatively risk-free for women have their fair share of gender-specific injustices, whether it's low-quality healthcare, fear of reporting crimes, or lack of education, employment opportunities and independence. However, amidst the grim reality, there are definitely cities where women flourish and are able to live free of fear. Below, we examine the safety and quality of life in some of the major countries in Asia and Asia Pacific to see where women can live with the greatest peace of mind. According to publicly available data, Singapore and New Zealand are the least dangerous places to live for women. Singapore and New Zealand have scored consistently well on major global indices such as the Global Peace Index and Human Development Index, indicating that these countries have low levels of internal and international conflicts, suffer minor gender inequality and see positive developmental and opportunity growth potential.
Why more South Korean men are looking for foreign brides
We've come for your women: Chinese men seek Siberian brides
A matrimonial website for the elite has found that a majority of them are seeking spouses outside the country. Marriages are made in heaven, goes the old saying but in the digital era, it is internet that people are clearly bonding over. The number of matrimonial websites that improves the chances of finding an ideal match is on the upswing. A recent survey by a leading matrimonial site has revealed 56 per cent of women and 52 per cent of men were looking for a partner living outside India, of which USA, UAE and Canada were the top three preferred countries.
Asia-Pacific women 'under-represented' in leadership roles
At first sight, it looks like a rather formal business meeting but this session in Novosibirsk is a get-to-known-you session between men from China and Russian women. There were supposed to be eight 'bachelors', but only five made it to Novosibirsk after three found brides in their previous love tour stopover in Khabarovsk. Elena Suvorova, head of marriage agency OSD Centre, which operates in a number of Siberian cities, explained that in China there is an imbalance in the sexes, with far more men than women.
The results reveal that the progress made by women towards gender parity in the majority of the 16 markets 1 in Asia Pacific is sluggish with the large gaps in Leadership and to a lesser extent, Employment, remaining prevalent and an ongoing area of concern. Although opportunities exist for women to pursue higher levels of education reflected through the high scores for Capability , labor market conditions are not always conducive for them in seeking employment. In Japan, despite good progress being achieved by women in terms of attainment of education, the further pursuit of career and participation in business, leadership and politics is often foregone due to the deep-rooted tradition and cultural expectation for married women to stay at home as the primary caretakers and household decision makers. In South Asia, women in Nepal outshone their regional peers in political representation, with the score for Leadership surging from 5.