Thanks to the feminist movement, today’s women are more empowered than ever. Unfortunately, there’s still much work to be done — women all over the world still live in dangerous conditions. In a recent survey from the Thomson Reuters Foundation, 550 experts ranked the most dangerous countries for women.
These experts were asked which five of the 193 UN member states are most dangerous for women in terms of healthcare, economic resources, traditional practices, violence (sexual and non-sexual), and human trafficking.
Here are the top 10 most dangerous countries for women,
Though the Indian government has promised to address the issue of violence on women after the rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus five years ago, the problem is still pervasive in the 1.35-billion strong country.
India was deemed the most dangerous country in the world on three issues: sexual violence and harassment, harmful cultural and traditional practices, and human trafficking.
Almost 17 years after the downfall of the Taliban, Afghanistan is the most dangerous country for women in the areas of non-sexual violence, access to healthcare, and access to economic resources.
After 7 years of civil war, Syria was ranked as one of the most dangerous countries for women because it ranked second in terms of non-sexual violence and poor access to healthcare. Sexual abuse is also prevalent in the country — Syria ranked third, tied with the US.
Somalia has been in conflict for almost three decades, making it difficult for its women to have access to adequate healthcare and economic resources. Women are also at risk of harmful traditional practices, including female genital mutilation.
5. Saudi Arabia
This conservative country is one of the most dangerous places for women not only because of its harmful cultural practices, but also because of women’s lack of access to resources.
Because of its high incidences of domestic abuse and cultural practices like “honour killings”, Pakistan ranked sixth.
7. Democratic Republic of Congo
The United Nations warned that Congo’s millions will face “hellish living conditions” after years of prevalent violence. This country is the second most dangerous country for women when it comes to sexual violence.
Yemen’s women have poor access to healthcare and economic resources, and are also subjected to harmful cultural and traditional practices.
Human rights groups have accused the country’s military of raping and killing civilians in their conflict with Boko Haram. Nigeria is also the fourth most dangerous country when it comes to human trafficking.
10. The United States of America
The US is the only Western nation in Thomson Reuters’ list, tying with Syria in third place for sexual violence.
What do you think of the most dangerous countries for women? Did some of these surprise you?
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