The Thomson Reuters Foundation recently conducted a survey detailing the top ten most dangerous countries for women to visit or live in; using health care issues, economic resources, traditional practices like human trafficking, forced labour, sex slavery and domestic servitude as factors considered.

The survey which was conducted between March 26 and May 4 had 550 global experts on women issues accredited to it. Topping the list was India; Reuters said it earned the position for three reasons majorly, the risks women face from sexual violence and harassment, from cultural and traditional practices, and from human trafficking including forced labour, sex slavery and domestic servitude.

Citing cases of rape which included the 2012 fatal gang rape of 23-year-old woman in Delhi and more recently, the 8-year-old girl who was gang-raped and murdered by 8 men.

Second on the list was Afghanistan with experts saying women in this country, witness high rate in sexual violence, suffer from poor health care system and difficulty in accessing economic resources. The issues listed above is reported to be a continuous occurrence for nearly 17 years now, after the overthrow of the Taliban.

Even after seven years of experiencing its civil war, Syria ranked third due to poor access to healthcare systems and increase in domestic and sexual violence.

Nigeria also came 9th on the list due to accusations made by several human right activist groups accusing the country’s military of torture, rape and killing civilians during a nine-year fight against Boko Haram militants. 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.

Other countries on the list include Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen. Reuters notes that many of the countries on the list such as Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria are still recovering from years of civil war, which puts women at higher risks.

Finally, to end the list was the United States which came 10th and the only western nation to appear on the list due to 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.

The survey came after the #MeToo campaign went viral last year, with thousands of women using the social media movement to share stories of sexual harassment or abuse.


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