Travel Industry Association estimates that 32 million American women travel alone each year. It doesn’t matter whether you’re traveling by yourself or with a group; your safety always comes first.
There are, unfortunately, several nations around the globe that are unsafe for female tourists. The savage murder of a 26-year-old German tourist in Thailand or the beheading of two Scandinavian women in Morocco has highlighted the hazards women confront while going abroad in certain nations.
According to a study by husband-and-wife journalists Asher and Lyric Fergusson, which nations were the riskiest for female tourists?
Their Women’s Danger Index rated each country based on eight factors: street safety for women, the purposeful killing of women, non-partner sexual assault, intimate relationship sexual violence, legal discrimination, global gender gap, gender inequality index, and attitudes toward violence against women.
Solo Female Travelers in the World’s Most Dangerous Countries:
In terms of safety for women traveling alone, South Africa is the most hazardous place. As the lowest percentage among all countries, just 25% of South African women indicated they felt secure coming home alone after dark. In South Africa, sex crimes are rife.
A whopping 40% of South African women are predicted to be victims of sex crimes over their lives. In addition, the deliberate killing of women in South Africa was the worst. South Africa was the only nation to get the lowest possible ranking, with an “F.”
A deadly nation for women, Brazil is ranked no. 2 globally. Among the countries with the highest intentional murder rates against women, just 28% of women said they felt comfortable walking alone at night.
According to UN Women, Brazil ranks sixth in terms of the proportion of women who an intimate partner has physically or sexually abused.
Intentional murder against women is a major factor in Russia’s third-place ranking, with the country having the second-highest rate. In addition, Russia is one of the top 10 nations with rules and regulations that restrict the participation of women in society and the economic sphere.
Mexico is the fourth most hazardous country for women, the fourth most dangerous country for women who feel comfortable strolling at night, and the fourth most dangerous country for women who commit deliberate murder against women. At night, just about a third of Mexican women say they feel secure enough to go out independently.
Mexico also ranks third in the world for non-partner sexual violence, affecting around 16 percent of women. Due to its first-place rating for gender disparity, Iran has been ranked the most hazardous nation globally.
Measures the differences in economic engagement, educational achievement, health, and political participation between men and women. In terms of legal discrimination against women, Iran came in third place.
Put another way; the Dominican Republic has the fifth-lowest proportion of women who believe they are secure strolling alone at night, at only 33%.
Likewise, the Dominican Republic comes in sixth place regarding health, empowerment, and the labor market disparities between men and women. Egyptians are among the world’s most hazardous women’s vacation destinations.
Egypt has the fourth-largest gender gap globally and the seventh-largest gender disparity in the world, respectively. When asked whether they would feel comfortable going alone at night, just 47% of women said yes.
Egyptian rules and regulations restricting women’s capacity to participate in business and society are ranked sixth.
Intimate partner violence affects over half of Moroccan women, making it the country with the highest rate. Violence against women is acceptable in certain cases, with 32 percent of women agreeing, the tenth-highest percentage globally.
The country is ranked 10th in the world for legal discrimination against women. At 37.2%, India ranks fifth for violence against intimate partners, placing it ninth on the list of most hazardous countries for women.
India comes out on top in the rating for gender disparity. Almost half of the Indian women polled felt that a husband or partner should be allowed to physically abuse their spouse or partner in certain situations.
Thailand comes in at number 10 on the list of the world’s most hazardous nations for women. A whopping 44% of women in Thailand have experienced intimate relationship abuse, placing it second in the world.
Of the 50 nations surveyed, most women (61 percent) believed that violence against women might be acceptable in certain cases.
Women may feel most secure in the following 10 nations from opposing ends of the political spectrum: Portugal and Croatia; and the United States and Austria. See the following table for a complete listing of nations and their relative rankings.
|Country||Women's Danger Index||Street Safety||Intentional Homicide||Non-Partner||Sexual Violence|
Intimate Partner Sexual Violence
|Legal Discrimination||Global Gender Gap||Gender Inequality||Attitudes Toward Violence|
|United Arab Emirates||450.6600||51||13||26||30||87||84||44||52|
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