Most Dangerous Place To Be A Woman?

June 16, 2011 | Karla Zabludovsky

50 million girls in India have gone missing in the past century due to female infanticide and foeticide.

More than 1,000 Pakistani women face the threat of honor killings every year.

In Somalia, 95% of girls face genital mutilation while only 9% give birth in a health facility.

But it’s Afghanistan that tops the list of most dangerous places to be a woman, according to a new poll of gender experts by the Thomson-Reuters Foundation.

Ongoing conflict and NATO airstrikes place Afghan women at the frontline of danger. Other threats include high levels of rape and murder, genital mutilation, brutal poverty, poor healthcare and lack of education.

Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia ranked second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

“The most dangerous thing a woman in Somalia can do is to become pregnant. When a woman becomes pregnant her life is 50-50 because there is no antenatal care at all. There are no hospitals, no healthcare, no nothing,” said Somalia’s women’s minister, Maryan Qasim, as reported by The Guardian.