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Pakistan

The world’s most dangerous countries for women 2018

Country summary

Pakistan was ranked as the sixth most dangerous country for women after coming third in the 2011 poll.  Pakistan was named as the fourth worst nation when it came to economic resources and discrimination in the workplace and regarding land, and also regarding the risks women faced from cultural, religious and traditional practice including so-called “honour” killings. Pakistan ranked fifth when it came to non-sexual violence including domestic abuse, and joint seventh regarding sexual violence and harassment.

World Bank data shows almost one in three married Pakistani women report facing physical violence from their husbands although informal estimates are much higher. Rights groups say hundreds of women and girls are killed in Pakistan each year by family members angered at perceived damage to their “honour”, which may involve eloping, fraternizing with men or any infringement of conservative values regarding women.

Polling results

How pakistan fared for each question. 1 is worst
N/A means this country did not score in the top 10 for this question

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    Healthincluding maternal mortality, lack of access to healthcare, lack of control over reproductive health and HIV/AIDS

  • 04

    Discriminationincluding job discrimination, inability to make a livelihood, discriminatory land, property or inheritance rights, lack of access to education and lack of access to adequate nutrition

  • 04

    Culture & Religionincluding acid attacks, female genital mutilation, child marriage, forced marriage, punishment/retribution through stoning or physical abuse or mutilation and female infanticide/foeticide

  • 07

    Sexual Violenceincluding rape as a weapon of war; domestic rape; rape by a stranger; the lack of access to justice in rape cases; sexual harassment and coercion into sex as a form of corruption.

  • 05

    Non-Sexual Violenceincluding conflict-related violence and forms of domestic physical and mental abuse

  • 10

    Human Traffickingincluding domestic servitude, forced labour, forced marriage and sexual slavery

Questions we asked

Click a question below see the polling results from 1 is worst.

Healthcare In your view, what is the most dangerous country in the world for women in terms of health? This includes general health access to optometrists, dentists, general doctors and specialist doctors who have expertise knowledge in disabilities, diseases or dealing with trauma. When we talk about health, we are also referring to the lack of healthcare, maternal mortality, awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health including family planning, contraception and other general female health care.

Discrimination In your view, what is the most dangerous country in the world for women in terms of the lack of access to economic resources/discrimination? This includes job discrimination; an inability to make a livelihood; discriminatory land, property or inheritance rights; a lack of access to education and a lack of access to adequate nutrition.

Cultural Traditions In your view, what is the most dangerous country in the world for women in terms of cultural, tribal and religious traditions or customary practices? This includes acid attacks, female genital mutilation, child marriage; forced marriage, stoning, physical abuse or mutilation as a form of punishment/retribution and female infanticide.

Sexual Violence In your view, what is the most dangerous country in the world for women in terms of sexual violence? This includes rape as a weapon of war, domestic rape, rape by a stranger, the lack of access to justice in rape cases, sexual harassment and coercion into sex as a form of corruption.

Non-Sexual Violence In your view, what is the most dangerous country in the world for women in terms of non-sexual violence? This includes conflict-related violence, domestic, physical and mental abuse.

Human Trafficking In your view, what is the most dangerous country in the world for women in terms of human trafficking? This includes domestic servitude, forced labour; bonded labour, forced marriage and sexual slavery.