The Worst Places in the World for Women
The appearance of the 21st century woman is self-confident, successful, glowing with healthiness and beauty. But for a lot of the 3.3 billion female inhabitants of our earth, the advantages of the virtual age never arrived. In many countries, women are victims of violence. In no particular order, I’ve thought of the worst places in the world for women.
The Worst Places in the World for Women: Somalia
In Mogadishu (Somalia’s capital), a brutal civil war has put women (who were the customary ministry of the family) under attack. Between the ages of 4 and 11 about 95% of girls face genital mutilation. Only 9% of women give birth in a health facility and 7.5 percent of parliament seats are held by women.
The Worst Places in the World for Women: Mali
One of the world’s poorest countries, Mali, has very few women who escape the suffering of genital mutilation. There are no laws against female genital mutilation in Mali and a big number of women have been exposed to it. Most of them are forced into early marriages and around 1 in 10 die in pregnancy or giving birth.
The Worst Places in the World for Women: Guatemala
The disadvantaged female under-class of Guatemala faces domestic violence, rape and the second highest rate of HIV/AIDS after Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Worst Places in the World for Women: Iraq
The invasion led by the US to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussain has imprisoned women in an inferno of sectional violence that aims for women and girls. The literacy rate that was at a point in time the highest in the Arab world is now the lowest.
The Worst Places in the World for Women: Pakistan
In some areas in Pakistan the women are gang raped as penalty for men’s crimes. But honor killing is more well-known and a transformed surge of religious extremism is targeting female politicians, lawyers and human rights workers. The country continues to lack laws against domestic violence and therefore women are victims of violence and abuse. Just last year there was around 1,000 honor killings of women and girls. About 90% of women experience domestic violence in their lifetime and women earn 82% less than men.
The Worst Places in the World for Women: India
Women make up about 39% of all adult HIV infections in India. Domestic violence in India is common and widespread mainly against women. According to Renuka Chowdhury (a junior minister for women and child development) around 70% of women in India are victims of domestic violence.National Crime Records Bureau disclose that a crime against a women is committed every three minutes, a women is raped every 29 minutes, a dowry death happens every 77 minutes and one case of cruelty committed by either the husband or relative of the victim happens every nine minutes. 50 million girls were killed in the past century in the practice of female infanticide or foeticide; about 100 million women and girls are probable to be victim of human trafficking; 44.5% of girls are married before the age of 18.
The Worst Places in the World for Women: Sudan
While the women of Sudan have made progresses under renewed laws, the difficulty of those in Darfur, in western Sudan, has gotten worse. Rape, forced displacement and abduction have ruined more than one million women’s lives since the year 2003.
The Worst Places in the World for Women: Afghanistan
The normal Afghan girl will live to only 45 years old, just one year less than the Afghan male. After three decades of war and repression, a devastating amount of women stay illiterate in Afghanistan. Afghan girls are also discouraged (sometimes fatally) from pursuing an education and Afghan rape victims can be enforced (by law) to marry their aggressor. Over half of all brides are under 16, and one woman dies in childbirth every half an hour. Up to 85% of women in Afghanistan give birth with no medical care and it is the country with the highest maternal mortality rate in the world.
The Worst Places in the World for Women: Democratic Republic of Congo
In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a war that took more than 3 million lives has started again, with women on the front-line. Countless others were victims of direct attacks and viciousness committed by the warring parties or by rogue armed militias. Women in the Congo face particularly cruel realities and around 1,100 women are raped every day. Since 1996, more than 200,000 rapes have been reported in the country. 57% of pregnant women are anemic and women cannot sign legal forms without their husbands’ approval.
The Worst Places in the World for Women: Chad
The women in Chad have very little rights. Arranged marriages are still common and a lot of the time the girls are about 11 and 12 years old. Sudanese Women residing in refugee camps in eastern Chad are facing rape and other methods of violence. Outside of the camps the women face a variety of different abuses from physical attacks to threats and harassment; which are committed by members of opposition armed groups, outlaws and members of the Chadian security armed forces.
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