New Zealand ranked 36th for women's rights

New Zealand has been ranked 36th in the world for its implementation of equal rights for women - behind Australia.

The World Bank's Women, Business and the Law report for 2019 found only six countries afforded men and women equal opportunities and protections under legislation.

They were all from Europe - Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Sweden.

New Zealand was number 36, let down in the categories for 'getting paid', 'having children' and 'getting a pension'.

The lower score in the 'getting a pension' category is likely due to New Zealand's lack of extra superannuation credits for childcare.

New Zealand's parental leave system did get a shoutout though, as we're one of a few countries were the leave can be shared between either parent.

"Australia, Chile, France, Montenegro, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore and the United Kingdom all introduced paid parental leave, which is leave available to either parent to take care of a child."

Australia was ranked 16th, receiving a higher score than New Zealand in the getting paid and having children categories. It received the same score for getting a pension.

Saudi Arabia was unsurprisingly ranked last.