It was International Women’s Day this week, which is supposed to celebrate how far women have come in the world with regards to equality.
But every day we are faced with news of all kinds of abuses. Lara Logan‘s experience was one of these, as are thousands of women’s every day. Some of us are still at the mercy of abuse.
AOL wrote a story about the five worst places to be born a a woman. Although it was made clear that it’s difficult to determine which countries these are, since we can use different aspects – everything from humanitarian issues and economic conditions to cultural and religious biases and literacy rates.
But a popular modern index to use for the comparisons is the UN Development Program’s Gender Inequality Index, which measures labor market participation, empowerment and reproductive health.
The countries with the worst scores are:
This little country has the worst score. The country is known for the “violence and discrimination” women face every day in the Arabian country. At least 46.3% of women in the country had been abused by either their spouses or a family member. Most of the acts take place in homes, and consist of everything from intimidation and sexual violence to emotional abuse and home arrest. Over 50% of women were regularly intimidated, and over 54.5% would be at risk of physical violence!
Violence against women in the Congo has not ended, as evidenced by the recent mass rapes the rebels undertook in the country. Sexual violence has been used by a weapon of war by all sides, despite the women having nothing to do with the fighting.
In Niger, one in seven women will die in childbirth. Rapes and beatings of women is seen as “normal” behavior.
This African country tried to improve women’s equality in the country. What happened? Widespread protests and street demonstrations against the movement. There is also still a firm belief in female genital mutilation.
Women’s rights are clearly not a priority in this country. Women are stoned for being raped, and they are the mercy of their husband’s and male family members’ whims. One woman had her nose and ears sliced off by her husband.
The best place to be born female: the Netherlands!