Louise Allain, 2nd December 2013
"....only one in five MPs is a woman. Far from leading the way, we are languishing at the global average." Hilary Armstrong
Where is the best place in the world to be a woman? It might be worth posing this question during the up and coming party season as an interesting teaser and insight for all concerned.
If you had read about October being 'Women's History Month' in Canada, possibly that might have influenced your answer, however in the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report 2013, Canada ranks 20th of 133 nations - bringing it in behind Nicaragua, Latvia and even Cuba.
The Global Gender Gap Report was introduced by the WEF to give a cohesive picture of the size and scope of gender-based disparities around the world by focusing on areas such as economics, education, health and the political arena of a country's logistics too.
It may come as a surprise that Iceland has been rated for five consecutive years as the country with the smallest gender gap; this means the country has opportunities open to women to participate in politics, economics, healthcare and all the industries where so often gender disparity leaves women in a very disadvantaged position.
Writing in The Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog, Hilary Armstrong, who is a Labour party politician and UK representative on the VSO Federation Council, outlines her frustration at how the discussions and the recommendations are still not being implemented in government frameworks around the world - which includes right here in the UK.