According to a poll released on Wednesday by Thomson Reuters Foundation's legal news service, TrustLaw, the five most dangerous countries for women are, in descending order, Afghanistan, Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia.
The global hub for pro bono legal work asked 213 gender experts from five continents to rank countries based on five indicators—cultural or religious factors, health threats, lack of access to resources and trafficking, sexual violence, non-sexual violence.
Trust.org said that 87 percent of women in Afghanistan are uneducated. One in eleven mothers is at risk of dying from birth complications. As much as 80 percent of Afghan women face force marriages.
In Congo, 1,152 women are raped every day. More than half (57 percent) of pregnant women have anemia—a sign of inadequate prenatal care. Wives need their husband's nod for nay legal acts.
Almost all (90 percent) Pakistani women experience domestic violence. Majority (82 percent) of them earn less than their male counterparts. Over 1,000 females are killed each year.
In India, 44.5 percent of girls get married before they turn 18. Female infanticide and feticide are practiced such that 50 million girls had been aborted over the past century.
In Somalia, 95 percent of girls between 4 and 11 years old undergo genital mutilation. Majority (91 percent) give birth outside the hospitals which could put them at risk. Only 7.5 percent of parliament seats are held by women.
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