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Italy up 6 places to 11 best country to be a mum

Italy has climbed six places in Save the Children's 15th annual State of the World's Mothers Report, a world ranking of the best countries in which to be a mum, and has also been praised for an increase in the number of women politicians. Over the past year there was in fact  a 10 percent increase in the number of women in politics.

The report looked at health, educational and economic factors in 178 nations to determine which are the safest and happiest places for mothers to live in.

This year Italy just missed the top 10 by one place, coming 11th in Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. Quite a good result if we consider that Italy was at the 17th place last year.

However, it has been noted that Italy has done little to promote the role of women in their place of work.

The UK is not doing well either. Considering a period of time from 2000 to 2014 the UK has been for 8 years in the top ten but it has now dropped to the 26th place. The last time it was in the top 10 was in 2012.

This year’s information is that Finland, Norway and Sweden are the safest places for mothers, and Africa is the most dangerous.

Finland scored well on all five of the organisation's criteria: maternal health, educational status, children's wellbeing, economic status and political status.

Europe emerged as the best continent in which to be a mum. Finland was followed by Norway, Sweden, Iceland, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Spain. Australia ranked joint ninth with Belgium.  

The United States is among the countries that has made the least progress since 2000 on maternal and child survival. During the last 14 years the US slipped from the top ten to the 31st place today. Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina were mentioned as part of the cause of this low-grading, as well as an increase in high-risk pregnancy among seriously overweight  mothers and those with hypertension.

Somalia regained the bottom place from Niger, which was ranked worst in the 2013 report. In Somalia one in sixteen women die in childbirth,15 percent of Somali children die before the age of five, and a Somali child receives an average of just two and a half years of school education.

In Finland, instead, which ranked as the top country, just one in 12,000 women will die because of maternal causes, and only one in 345 children will die before their fifth birthday.

The Democratic Republic of Congo was the second to last country on the list. Save the children noted that it is statistically more dangerous to be a woman or a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo than it is to be an armed fighter there.

Also Syria and the Philippines ranked low on the list. The former due to the enduring civil war, and the latter because of a sequence of natural disasters.

Giulia Lombardo

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