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Women are better off in more countries than men are, a new study has found.
A method that assesses the forms of hardship and discrimination facing men and women has revealed males have it harder in 91 countries out of 134.
Women were disadvantaged in only 43.
The study looked at 6.8 billion people around the world and scientists developed a new way of measuring gender inequality.
The UK, the US and Australia all discriminate against men more whereas Italy, Israel and China are harder environments for women, according to the study.
Researchers say this is due to men receiving harsher punishments for the same crime, compulsory military service and more occupational deaths than women.
The study was carried out by the University of Essex and the University of Missouri-Columbia and published in the journal Plos One.
Scientists created a database which deciphers a nation’s discrimination called the Basic Index of Gender Inequality (BIGI).
The closer the BIGI score is to zero the greater the level of equality is in the country.
Zero is a perfect score, indicating absolute parity between the genders – and Italy came the closest with a score of 0.00021. Slightly favouring males.