Below is a list of the top ten countries. Further information, including all statistics and facts in the article, can be found on poll2018trust.org.
10. The United States
The United States is the only western nation to appear in the poll and is tied for third with Syria when respondents were asked what was the most dangerous country for women in terms of sexual violence. Although, it is ranked sixth for non-sexual violence.
Coming in at number nine, Nigeria’s military has been accused of raping, torturing and killing civilians including women during its nine-year war against Boko Haram, and spawned one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
Yemen ranked low on health care access, economic resources, risk of cultural and traditional practices and non-sexual violence. Iran has been in a three-year proxy war with Saudi Arabia that has killed over 10,000 people and pushed Yemen to the brink of starvation.
7. The Democratic Republic of Congo
This country is ranked second in terms of sexual violence against women. Millions of residents face poor living conditions. According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, “It ranked between seventh and ninth in four other questions including non-sexual violence, access to health care, economic resources and cultural and traditional threats.”
According to World Bank data, almost 1 in 3 married women in Pakistan report facing physical violence from their husbands. According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation,” Rights groups say hundreds of women and girls are killed in Pakistan each year by family members angered at the perceived damage to their ‘honour.'”
5. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia increased female participation in the workforce in recent years. The country lifted the ban on women driving. However, there are still laws in place that require women to get permission from a male relative to travel abroad and to marry. In recent months, certain women’s rights activists have also been arrested and jailed.
Somalia has been in conflict with its government since 1991. Al Shaabab, the Islamist militant group, has asserted control over several rural areas. According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Somalia was ranked, “as the third most dangerous country for women in terms of health care, putting them at risk.”
With a seven-year civil war that has left 510,000 people dead and another 6.1 million fleeing their homes, Syria ranks number three on the list. Syria was also ranked second in terms of access to health care and regards to non-sexual violence.
Seventeen years after the overthrow of the Taliban, many women still face danger daily. Afghanistan ranked number one in terms of non-sexual violence, access to health care, economic resources and discrimination over jobs and land. The United Nations accused Afghanistan for allowing widespread gender brutality to go unpunished.
India is the most dangerous country for women to live in. It comes in first as most dangerous for sexual violence and harassment against women. It ranks as first because of the danger women face from cultural, tribal and traditional practices as well. In addition, the country is ranked as most dangerous in human trafficking.