LONDON- War, health care inefficiencies and poverty make Afghanistan the world's most dangerous country for women, reports msnbc.msn.com. The poll, published by TrustLaw, ”surveyed perceptions of threats ranging from domestic abuse and economic discrimination to female fetus killing, genital mutilation and acid attacks.”
“Ongoing conflict, NATO airstrikes and cultural practices combined make Afghanistan a very dangerous place for women,” TrustLaw quoted Antonella Notari, head ofWomen Change Makers, a group that supports women social entrepreneurs around the world, as saying.
“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 the Thomson Reuters Foundation
TrustLaw carried out the survey by asking many experts worldwide “to rank countries by overall perceptions of danger” and risks. The risks were health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, cultural or religious factors, lack of access to resources and trafficking. ”Hidden dangers — like a lack of education or terrible access to healthcare — are as deadly, if not more so, than physical dangers” Monique Villa, chief executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation was quoted as saying.
Congo was a close second due to the country's rape levels. Pakistan, India and Somalia were all in the top five.
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