The United States has landed on the list of the ten most dangerous countries in the world for women, according to a survey of 548 experts polled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The U.S. was the only western democracy to make the top 10 and tied for third with Syria for the risks women face in terms of sexual violence, harassment, sexual coercion and women’s lack of access to justice in cases of rape, pollsters said.
“People want to think income means you’re protected from misogyny, and sadly that’s not the case,” Cindy Southworth, executive vice president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, told Thomson Reuters.
“We are going to look back and see this as a very powerful tipping point. … We’re blowing the lid off and saying ‘#Metoo and Time’s Up,’” Southworth continued.
Poll respondents included “aid professionals, academics, healthcare staff, non-government organization workers, policy-makers, development specialists and social commentators for the survey.”
War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third in the survey, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia.