The report compiled by Save the Children suggested Sweden was the best place for young females to live. Women hold 19.4 percent of the 535 seats in Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.
The rankings are based on a series of five factors the organization selected as key predictors of the ability for girls to thrive — rates of early marriage, adolescent fertility, maternal mortality, women in government and lower secondary school completion."The Girls' Opportunity Index provides a snapshot of the situation of girls in countries the world over — their opportunity to control their own lives and to fulfill their potential," the report states.
When a stranger asked her for her hand in marriage two years ago, she refused, afraid of needing a C-section during childbirth like many of her peers.
Her parents were supportive and allowed her to stay in school, she told NBC News by phone, via an interpreter.
She admitted even she was surprised to see where the U. fell compared to some other countries, initially thinking to herself: "Can that be?