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Where is it most dangerous to be a woman? by Anna
June 20, 2011, 2:23 pm
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TrustLaw has just put out an article on countries where women are the most at risk. TrustLaw is an organization that provides legal aid and information on women’s rights. They polled more than 200 international gender experts on general perception of danger and six other issues – health threats, discrimination, cultural and religious norms, sexual violence, nonsexual violence, and trafficking. TrustLaw determined that women were at the most risk in the following five countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Congo, and Somalia.

As a BBC article on the study noted, “ the survey shows that ‘hidden dangers’ like a lack of education or terrible access to healthcare are as deadly, if not more so, than physical dangers like rape and murder which usually grab the headlines,” Monique Villa, chief executive of Thomson-Reuters Foundation, said.”

The methodology for this study is not highly rigorous and there is better quality data from other sources; however, it is helpful food for thought based on the opinions of professionals in the field. For an overview click here.


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