Why the US Is Among Most Dangerous Countries for Women
NEW YORK - January 5, 2019
The United States is among the top ten worst countries for women, according to an experts’ survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Among the respondents were 550 experts, with all surveys being conducted by phone.
While India came in first place, the United States was in the top ten--the only Western democracy in the top ten, next to states like India, Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia. According to the study, the United States is on equal footing with Syria in terms of the risk of sexual violence, harassment, sexual coercion, and the ability to seek justice in rape cases.
"People want to think that income will protect them from misogyny, but unfortunately it doesn’t," says Cindy Southworth, acting Vice President of the National Network Against Domestic Violence.
This is the second time the survey has been conducted since 2011, and the results little changed. The most dangerous countries at that time were Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia.
India ranked as the most dangerous on three issues – the risks women face from sexual violence and harassment, from cultural and traditional practices, and from human trafficking including forced labor, sex slavery, and domestic servitude.
Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Yemen remain on the list as in the previous survey, but these countries can be added to the list because of their special treatment of women. Countries where family and children remain a priority, women remain a hotbed, and if a woman lives in a Muslim family, which is widespread in such countries, then she must live by the rules of the men in the house.
This is a long-standing Muslim requirement and custom, which few violate even despite the innovations of the 21st century, when women can already work freely, drive cars, meet friends, and much more.
Somalia is fourth after being mired in conflict since 1991. Today it ranked as the third most dangerous country for women in terms of access to healthcare and for putting them at risk of harmful cultural and traditional practices. It has also remained one of the poorest in terms of women having access to economic resources.
The Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria have bad conditions for women due to various diseases. Also, the countries are dangerous in terms of crime, murder, and lawlessness. In addition, Congo ranked as the second most dangerous country for women as regards sexual violence, and between seventh and ninth in four other questions. Nigeria, in turn, is famous for human trafficking.
Finally, the United States rounds out the top ten, entering the list for the first time because of the many crimes of violence and harassment. And as experts note, the most important aspect of this is that the United States doesn't provide moral support or assistance to victims of violence, and the courts practically don’t protect women from possible attacks.
The survey came after the #MeToo campaign went viral last year, with thousands of women using the social media movement to share stories of sexual harassment or abuse.
Of course, #MeToo and others campaign strongly help women, but it's impossible, according to them, to resist the huge system that is set against women. For example, we can recall the endless cases of alleged rape by Brett Kavanaugh or Harvey Weinstein, who, in response to all the accusations, began to limit women's rights only more.
Or, for example, you can watch the news and see reports of rape and attacks by husbands.
However, it’s worth noting the other side of the coin here. Many modern American women began to prove their superiority a long time ago, they began to organize secret meetings, they began to go to rallies demanding equality, and now they complain that no one protects them.
This presents the strange paradox that while women are under the protection of men, they can’t wait to break free and take the head place in the family, but when they achieve this aim, they begin to complain about the lack of protection. If they truly seek equality, they should no longer seek the protection of others.