Luxembourg scored particularly highly for financial inclusion with 97% of women aged 15 and up having access to banking, compared to the global average of 55%.
And it boasted among the highest mean years of schooling for women aged 25 upwards at 11.6, compared to 6.8 globally. The report said that women held 28% of parliamentary seats in Luxembourg in 2016 (compared to a global average of 20%), meanwhile, over half of all women aged 25 and above, 54%, were employed (global average was 50%).
There was relatively little recorded legal gender discrimination in Luxembourg, according to the index, while discriminatory norms were low and just 2% of men suggested it was unacceptable for women to work (compared to 19% globally). Safety perceptions were high with 71% (global average of 60.5%) of women aged 15 and upwards saying they felt safe in their community.
One category which bucked the positive trend was the proportion of lifetime intimate partner violence, recorded at 22% in Luxembourg, compared to a 30% global average.
The report, which was published in October 2017, placed Iceland at the top of the ranking with the same proportion of lifetime intimate partner violence but a higher safety perception at 80%. Norway was in second, followed by Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain and Finland. In joint seventh place was the Netherlands, Canada and Sweden while Singapore was in tenth place.