Special Report

Countries Where Women Do Not Feel Safe

10. Finland
> Pct. women who feel less safe than men: -26%
> Pct. women who feel safe at night: 66%
> Pct. men who feel safe at night: 92%

In Finland, 80% of women are employed full-time, while just 68% of men are fully employed. When it comes to feelings of personal safety, however, women still feel less safe than men — and by a wide margin. While the likelihood of violent crime in Finland is very low according to the EIU, only 66% of Finnish women actually felt safe where they lived or when out at night. In its 2012 annual report, Amnesty International criticized the nation for having inadequate shelters and clinics for victims of rape and domestic violence.

9. France
> Pct. women who feel less safe than men: -27%
> Pct. women who feel safe at night: 51%
> Pct. men who feel safe at night: 78%

Barely half of France’s women feel safe when going outside at night, compared to the nearly 80% of men who feel safe. According to the CIA World Factbook, nearly 85% of the population lives in urban areas, the 18th highest out of the 138 countries in this study. By many conventional measures, France is one of the most developed countries in the world. More than 98% of residents enroll in secondary education, compared to 95.6% in the U.S. However, there were more than 10,000 reported incidents of rape in 2009, a rate of 16.2 per 100,000 people. This is among the worst recorded rates in the world.

8. United States
> Pct. women who feel less safe than men: -27%
> Pct. women who feel safe at night: 62%
> Pct. men who feel safe at night: 89%

The U.S. may be the strongest example of national wealth not ensuring personal safety. In 2011, GDP per capita on a purchasing power parity basis was $48,100 — one of the highest in the world. Yet, women in America felt far less safe than men, and likely with good reason. According to the UNODC, 88,097 incidents of rape were reported in the U.S. in 2009 — more than were recorded in any other country the UN surveyed. This only accounts for reported cases. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that one out of every six American women, 17.7 million in total, has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.

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7. Australia
> Pct. women who feel less safe than men: -27% (tied for 6th)
> Pct. women who feel safe at night: 51%
> Pct. men who feel safe at night: 78%

Barely half the women in Australia feel safe when walking at night. In no way is this more evident than in the nation’s rape statistics: Australia recorded 91.92 rapes per 100,000 people in 2009, the highest rate in the world. In 2011, the Australian government passed the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children, a program designed to reduce incident rates for gender-based violence in Australia. According to the Australian government’s website for the program, one in three Australian women have been victims of physical violence and almost one in five have been a victim of sexual violence after turning 15.

6. Albania
> Pct. women who feel less safe than men: -27% (tied for 6th)
> Pct. women who feel safe at night: 54%
> Pct. men who feel safe at night: 81%

While more than four in five men in the country feel safe going out at night in Albania, just over half of the women do. The extent of actual violence against women in the country is difficult to determine. According to the UNODC, the rate of reported rapes per capita is below the world average. However, the homicide rate in the country is more than 80 per 100,000, one of the highest recorded rates in the world (in the U.S., the rate is closer to five per 100,000). The high rate of violence suggests that the rape numbers may be underreported. According to Amnesty International, Albania faces a major problem with widespread domestic violence, as well as trafficking of women for forced prostitution.