India was named as the world’s most dangerous country for women in a survey of global experts released by London (Thomson Reuters Foundation).
Thomson Reuters Foundation experts’ survey found the five most dangerous countries for women Seven years ago. Those were seen to be Afghanistan, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, & Somalia. This year situation had changed we set out to see. We wanted to find out whether more was being done to address the overall risks faced by women, and specifically regarding sexual violence, healthcare, access to economic resources, human trafficking, customary practices, and non-sexual violence. We expanded our poll to the ten most dangerous countries with some surprising results.
The survey by Thomson Reuters Foundation of about 550 experts on women’s issues ranked war-torn Afghanistan and Syria in second & third place, with Somalia & Saudi Arabia next.
The survey was a repeat of a similar poll in 2011 which ranked the most dangerous countries for women as Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Democratic Republic of Congo, & Somalia.
It asked which five of the 193 UN member states were most dangerous for women & the worst for healthcare, economic resources, traditional practices, sexual and non-sexual abuse, and human trafficking.
The survey conducted between March 26 and May 4, here is the list of the ten countries ranked as the most dangerous for women.
- INDIA – Tops the list, with levels of violence against women still running high, more than 5years after the rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi sparked national outrage and Govt pledges to tackle the issue.
India ranked as the most dangerous on three issues – the risks women face from sexual violence and harassment, from human trafficking including forced labor, and from cultural traditional practices, and sex slavery, and domestic servitude.
- AFGHANISTAN – 2nd in the list, with experts saying women face dire problems nearly 17 years after the overthrow of the Taliban. Ranked as the most dangerous country for women in 3 areas – non-sexual violence, access to economic resources, and access to healthcare.
- SYRIA – 3rd after seven years of civil war. Ranked as the second most dangerous country for women in terms of access to non-sexual violence and healthcare, which includes conflict-related violence as well as domestic abuse. Joint 3rd with the United States on the risks women face of sexual abuse.
- SOMALIA – Fourth after being mired in conflict since 1991. Ranked as the 3rd most dangerous country for women in terms of access to healthcare & for putting them at risk of harmful cultural and traditional practices. Named as 5th worst in terms of women having access to economic resources.
- SAUDI ARABIA – Overall 5th, but in terms of economic access & discrimination conservative kingdom was named the second most dangerous country for women, including in the workplace and in terms of property rights. Fifth in terms of the risks women face from cultural & religious practices.
- PAKISTAN – fourth worst & Sixth most dangerous in terms of economic resources and discrimination as well as the risks women face from cultural, religious & traditional practices, including so called honor killings. non-sexual violence Pakistan ranked fifth, including domestic abuse.
- DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Listed as 7th with the UN warning millions of people face hellish living conditions after years of factional bloodshed and lawlessness. Ranked as the 2nd most dangerous country for women as regards sexual violence, and between seventh & 9th in 4 other questions.
- YEMEN – 8th in the list after ranking poorly on access to economic resources, healthcare, the risk from cultural and traditional practices, and non-sexual violence. Yemen is still reeling from the world most urgent humanitarian crisis with 22 million people in need of vital assistance.
- NIGERIA – Ranked as 9th, with human rights groups accusing the country’s military of torture, rape and killing civilians during a nine-year fight against Boko Haram militants. It listed 6th worst on the risks women face from traditional practices. Nigeria was named the fourth most dangerous country along with Russia when it came to human trafficking.
- UNITED STATES – The only Western nation in the top ten and joint 3rd with Syria for the risks women face in terms of sexual violence, sexual harassment, including rape, coercion into sex and a lack of access to justice in rape cases. With thousands of women using the social media movement to share stories of sexual harassment or abuse after the MeToo campaign went viral last year.