The Most Dangerous Countries for Women? This List May Shock You
Certain countries in the world can be a scary place, especially for women.
It's no secret that places in the Middle East, Africa and even South America are lagging on women’s equality, and can be outright dangerous for women. But does the U.S. fit in that category?
Yes, says a Reuters study that was published last month. The study asked more than 500 “global” experts to rate the Top 10 most dangerous countries for women.
The U.S. came in 10th.
Yes, you read that correctly. The U.S. shares the list with India, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen and Nigeria.
The study is replica of one conducted by Reuters seven years ago, but that list only ranked the Top 5 most dangerous countries for women. Those countries included Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia.
Both studies examined health care, access to economic resources, customary practices, sexual violence, non-sexual violence and human trafficking.
Reuters attributes the inclusion of the U.S. to the list – a list which includes a country that just recently let women behind the wheel – to the explosion of the #MeToo movement.
But could it be just because American women are now reporting harassment that other women experience globally but don’t have the platform to speak up? Possibly. The United Nations says that there are 49 countries worldwide that have no laws to protect women from domestic violence.
But look at this statistic. The Center for Disease Control says almost one in five American women have been raped.
But does that warrant grouping the U.S. with countries who still practice female genital mutilation?
Or acid attacks?