Feminism is a word that has caught a lot of attention all around the globe. The idea of men and women, standing shoulder to shoulder and walking the paths of prosperity, together! It really does sound glorious, doesn’t it? But the sad reality is, that this may only be an idea, rather a distant dream, in the eye of women in most countries! Only a handful of developed countries have been able to provide their women with equal rights. In most others, women continue to face gender based discrimination, gender based violence, female infanticide, rape and female genital mutilation are some of the most common vices that have had a strong grip over a vast majority of nations. Here are 10 countries where it is most dangerous to just be born a women.
COUNTRIES AGAINST WOMEN!
For a country with many things going for it, Brazil has some troubling statistics. Reports indicate that every 15 seconds a woman is assaulted, and every two hours a woman is murdered. Brazil also has a bad record when it comes to reproductive choice as its criminal code bans abortions – except in cases of rape, or where it is physically dangerous to have the baby. Women who do not meet these exceptions and have an abortion can face up to three years in jail.
With 4,000 cases of women disappearing in 2011-2012, and 22.7 murders for every 100,000 in Chihuahua state in 2012, you’d think the Mexican government and police would do everything possible to protect their inhabitants. Sadly women are massively let down by Mexico’s legal system, which does not protect against domestic and sexual violence. There are certain punishments set out for perpetrators of sexual violence against women, however judiciary officials often weight up the latter’s chastity when it comes to deciding a sentence – contradicting international standards. The unfortunate outcome of all of this is that few women come forward to report sexual offences. And when they do, they are frequently met with suspicion, apathy and disregard.
Despite carrying out the majority of the country’s agricultural work, Kenya’s female inhabitants only receive a small part of the income they generate. In fact, just 29 percent of those earning a formal wage throughout the country are women. Educational prospects for girls are dreadful, as they are taught at an inferior level to their counterparts. Even worse, HIV infection rates are more prevalent among the female populace – partly due to the lack of control women have over their sex lives.
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