The Thomson Reuters Foundation conducted a poll of 548 global experts on women’s issues. The report, which was released on Tuesday, names the top ten countries which are dangerous for women. India, topping the list, seems to be the most dangerous for sexual violence against women, human trafficking for domestic work, forced marriage, and forced labour, among many other reasons.
Shockingly, in the same survey seven years ago, India was the fourth most dangerous country for women. So clearly, the situation has worsened
No Improvement in Safety
Despite several public protests, debates and promises, there hasn’t been any substantial improvement with regard to safety for women in India. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, around 100 sexual assaults are reported to police in the country every day in India. Also, along side Libya and Myanmar, India is considered the world’s most dangerous nation for women exploited by human traffickers, a global crime worth an estimated $150 billion a year.
There’s no denying that the country, over the past few decades, has been working towards empowering women. But is it enough?
"The way they look at girls. The way they check you out. The way they follow you. It's kind of disgusting."
— Thomson Reuters Foundation News (@TRF_Stories) June 26, 2018
Top ten most dangerous countries for women as the per survey:
India, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Nigeria and United States.
Purvi Gupta of SheThePeople says: “It’s true that a variety of crimes happen against women all across the world. However, there is a huge lack in management of this issue in our country. Even if women file cases of harassment and molestation, it takes many years for them to get solved. We need greater gender sensitization to reduce crime rate in general but also for the law-enforcing agencies to understand a survivor’s state better.”
According to corporate professional Amandeep Dhanda, “There are programmes and initiatives functioning towards women empowerment but the question is are these enough? How do we work towards changing mindsets? Because if a large population still considers women as inferior to men then gender based discrimination and violence is bound to happen every minute of every day and this is the biggest problem that has to be solved. – the patriarchal mindset.”
The poll was conducted online, by phone and in person between March 26 and May 4 this year. It was evenly spread across South East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. The experts comprised academics, policy-makers, healthcare professionals, NGO workers, development specialists and social commentators.