Suggesting that many of the world’s most grave problems have been solved, experts in women’s rights from around the world rank the United States among the 10 most dangerous countries for women.
Sadly, however, issues such as female genital mutilation, arranged marriage, rape as a weapon of war, honor killings, and maternal mortality haven’t stopped.
Rather, leading “experts” in their fields appear to have lost any perspective, categorizing the U.S. as almost as dangerous as Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants kidnap, rape, and sexually exploit women and girls.
The ranking was compiled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reuters, “the world’s largest news and information provider.” The foundation asked 548 “women’s rights experts” to name the most dangerous countries from among the 193 United Nations member states in health care, access to economic resources, customary practices, sexual violence, and nonsexual violence and human trafficking.
The results came in as follows:
- Saudi Arabia
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- United States
Notably missing from the Reuters list:
—South Sudan and Central African Republic, where the armed forces systematically rape women as a weapon of war.
—Mauritania, where an estimated 40 percent of the population is enslaved, presumably many of them women.
—North Korea, where tens of thousands of women are trafficked and trapped in prison camps.
—Iran, where women are arrested for taking off their hijabs and protesting an oppressive regime.
—China, where millions of baby girls were murdered under the country’s one-child policy.
—And Myanmar, where a genocide is happening under our watch.
I could go on. But somehow, it’s the U.S. where women are doomed.
Read more at The Stream.