India is now the worst place in the world to be a woman. It is the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman because of the high risk of sexual violence and slave labor, a new survey of experts shows.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation released its results Tuesday of a survey of 550 experts on women’s issues.
The survey was almost repeat of a similar poll in 2011 which ranked the most dangerous countries for women as Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia.
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Here is the list of the 10 countries ranked as the most dangerous for women by the survey, conducted between March 26 and May 4:-
1. India – Tops the list, with levels of violence against women still running high. India ranked as the most dangerous on three issues –
- The risks women face from sexual violence and harassment,
- From cultural and traditional practices
- From human trafficking including forced labour, sex slavery and domestic servitude.
2. Afghanistan – Second overall. Ranked as the most dangerous country for women in three areas — non-sexual violence, access to healthcare, and access to economic resources.
3. Syria – Ranked as second most dangerous country for women in terms of access to healthcare and non-sexual violence, which includes conflict-related violence as well as domestic abuse. Joint third with the United States on the risks women face of sexual abuse.
4. Somalia – Ranked as third most dangerous country for women in terms of access to healthcare and for putting them at risk of harmful cultural and traditional practices
5. Saudi Arabia – Overall Fifth but in terms of economic access and discrimination, including in the workplace and in terms of property rights to women, it is named the second most dangerous country.
6. Pakistan – Sixth most dangerous and fourth worst in terms of economic resources and discrimination as well as the risks women face
7. Democratic Republic of Congo – Listed as seventh and ranked as second most dangerous country for women for sexual violence, and between seventh and ninth in four other measures.
8. Yemen – Listed as eighth, Yemen is still reeling from the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis with 22 million people in need of vital assistance.
9. Nigeria – Ranked as ninth, Nigeria was named fourth most dangerous country along with Russia when it came to human trafficking. It listed sixth worst on the risks women face from traditional practices.
10. United States – The only Western nation in the top 10 and joint third with Syria for the risks women face in terms of sexual violence, including rape, sexual harassment, coercion into sex and a lack of access to justice in rape cases.