Humanity has made significant progress in nearly every measure of well-being, and people today live better than at any time in history. Progress, though, has not been equal across continents and regions, nor along racial and especially gender lines. In many places in the world, women live in fear for their lives and are treated as little more than chattel.
Customs, traditions and cultural attitudes die hard in places that subject women to sexual violence, prevent them from accessing proper health care, keep them from owning property, and deny them educational opportunities.
To monitor the risks women all over the world face, Thomson Reuters Foundation conducted a poll earlier this year to highlight the most dangerous countries for women. Thomson Reuters surveyed 548 experts in women’s issues on issues ranging from sexual violence to discrimination to determine its results. 24/7 Wall St. used the basis of these findings to review the list of the most dangerous countries for women. We also obtained additional material from the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, and the Global Slavery Index for our findings.