World’s most dangerous countries for women
Afghanistan, DR Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia are the world’s most dangerous countries for women due to a barrage of threats ranging from violence and rape to dismal healthcare and “honour killings”
1. Afghanistan: Beleaguered by insurgency, corruption and dire poverty, Afghanistan ranked as most dangerous to women overall and came out worst in three of the poll’s key risk categories: health, non-sexual violence and economic discrimination.
* Women in Afghanistan have a one in 11 chance of dying inchildbirth.
* Some 87 pct of women are illiterate.
* 70-80 pct of girls and women face forced marriages.
2. DR Congo: Still reeling from a 1998-2003 war and accompanying humanitarian disaster that killed 5.4 million, Democratic Republic of Congo ranked second due mainly to staggering levels of sexual violence.
* About 1,150 women are raped every day, or some 420,000 a year, according to a recent report in the American Journal of Public Health.
* The Congolese Women’s Campaign Against Sexual Violence puts the number of rapes at 40 women a day.
* 57 pct of pregnant women are anaemic.
3. Pakistan: Those polled cited cultural, tribal and religious practices harmful to women, including acid attacks, child and forced marriage and punishment or retribution by stoning or other physical abuse.
* More than 1,000 women and girls are victims of “honour killings” every year, according to Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission.
* 90 pct of women in Pakistan face domestic violence.
* Women earn 82 pct less than men.
4. India: Female foeticide, child marriage and high levels of trafficking and domestic servitude make the world’s largest democracy the fourth most dangerous place for women, the poll showed.
* 100 million people, mostly women and girls, are involved in trafficking in one way or another, according to former Indian Home Secretay Madhukar Gupta.
* Up to 50 million girls are “missing” over the past century due to female infanticide and foeticide.
* 44.5 pct of girls are married before the age of 18.
5. Somalia: One of the poorest, most violent and lawless countries, Somalia ranked fifth due to a catalogue of dangers including high maternal mortality, rape, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage.
* 95 pct of women face FGM, mostly between the ages of 4 and 11.
* Only 9 pct of women give birth at a health facility.
* Only 7.5 pct of parliament seats are held by women.