5 most dangerous countries for females

Which countries pose the biggest threat to female lives? We take stock of the top 5...

5 – Somalia
This country has been ravaged by civil war and lack of government for many years now. It ranks as the fifth most dangerous country for females because of factors such as:

- Female Genital Mutilation usually practiced on girls between 4 and 11
- High maternity death rate as only 9% of women give birth in hospitals
- Child marriage

And with only 7.5% parliament seats being held by women conditions are unlikely to improve.

4 – India
This is doubly depressing seeing that India’s population is around a billion people which makes it the world’s biggest democracy. By far. The reasons for this are:

-    100 million (mostly women and children) are victims of human trafficking.
-    Over 50 million girls are missing due to female infanticide.
-    Almost half of the female population are married before 18.

3 – Pakistan
Pakistan is rife with cultural, tribal and religious practices which abuse women. Things such as “punishment” through stoning, acid attacks, beatings and forced marriages are at the order of the day and women have nowhere to turn to for help because of an unsympathetic cultural and religious government.

-    According to the Human Rights Commission more than a 1000 women and girls are victims of “honour killings” – which are committed by their families – per year.

2 – Congo
The Congo comes in second mainly because the figures for sexual violence are so high. A country with a shockingly long list of human rights violations, the Congo is still recovering after the war.

-    About 1 150 women are raped EVERY DAY
-    57% of women are anaemic.

1 – Afghanistan
Afghanistan scores highest in terms of non-sexual violence, women-specific health and economic discrimination.
-    1 in 11 women die in childbirth
-    Almost 90% are completely illiterate
-    70 – 80% of girls are forced into marriages.

To see the sources for this data and to read the full article, please visit trust.org.


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