Afghanistan Second Most Dangerous Country for Women: Poll

Thomson Reuters Foundation conducted a survey to find the most dangerous places in the world for women. India topped the list with Afghanistan ranking as the second most dangerous country for women.

The foundation noted that since its last survey in 2011 when Afghanistan was the first on the list, many women still face dire situations daily despite Western donors pumping billions of dollars into the country.

Afghanistan is ranked as the most dangerous country for women on three of the topic questions – the most dangerous in terms of non-sexual violence such as conflict-related violence and domestic abuse, the worst access to healthcare, and a lack of access to economic resources and discrimination over jobs and land.

Afghanistan was listed as 171 out of 188 countries in the United Nations Development Programme’s 2015 global Gender Inequality Index.

However, the United Nations has accused the Afghan state of allowing widespread gender brutality to go unpunished by failing to prosecute criminal violence against women who are often confined to the home and seen as subordinate to men.

The polling results of the survey were as follows: (1 is worst N/A means this country did not score in the top 10 for this question)

Health including maternal mortality, lack of access to healthcare, lack of control over reproductive health and HIV/AIDS: 01

Discrimination including job discrimination, inability to make a livelihood, discriminatory land, property or inheritance rights, lack of access to education and lack of access to adequate nutrition: 01

Culture & Religion including acid attacks, female genital mutilation, child marriage, forced marriage, punishment/retribution through stoning or physical abuse or mutilation and female infanticide/foeticide: 02

Sexual Violence including rape as a weapon of war; domestic rape; rape by a stranger; the lack of access to justice in rape cases; sexual harassment and coercion into sex as a form of corruption: 07

Non-Sexual Violence including conflict-related violence and forms of domestic physical and mental abuse: 01

Human Trafficking including domestic servitude, forced labour, forced marriage and sexual slavery: 07

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