The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest news and information provider, conducted a global perception poll of experts in women’s issues to highlight the most dangerous countries for women.
We set out to repeat a poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2011 on the same topic that found the five most dangerous countries for women were seen to be Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia. We wanted to see if the situation for women had changed in the past seven years regarding the overall risks faced by women, and specifically regarding healthcare, economic resources and discrimination, cultural, tribal, religious or customary practices, sexual violence and harassment, non-sexual violence and human trafficking.
We contacted 548 experts focused on women’s issues including aid and development professionals, academics, health workers, policymakers, non-government organisation workers, journalists, and social commentators.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation asked experts in women's issues which of the 193 United Nations member states they thought were most dangerous for women overall and in terms of healthcare, economic resources and discrimination, cultural, tribal, religious or customary practices, sexual violence and harassment, non-sexual violence and human trafficking.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation's eighth annual perception poll was a repeat of the Foundation’s first poll in 2011 that found Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia were seen as the most dangerous countries for women.
The questionnaire was the same as the one used in 2011 which was drafted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation but we expanded the poll to look at the 10 most dangerous countries. The methodology for 2018, as well as the ranking and results, were produced in collaboration with Thomson Reuters Labs, a global team of data scientists, research scientists, full stack developers, and designers specialising in data science and analytics, data visualisation, artificial intelligence and blockchain.
The survey involving 548 respondents was conducted online, by phone and in person between March 26 and May 4 with an even geographic spread across 5 regions – Europe, Africa, the Americas, South East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific. This approach was designed to ensure a fair geographical spread of respondents from both developing and developed countries.
Our list of experts was compiled from a database of women’s rights experts built by the Thomson Reuters Foundation team that runs the annual Trust Conference, from previous women’s polls conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and from key groups in various locations globally.
For the first question each respondent could list five countries. Each country got a score based on the number of times the country was provided as an answer. This score represented one quarter (25 percent) of the overall mark.
Questions two to seven were given the remaining three-quarters of the mark. This was based on the number of times a country was provided as the answer across each of the six categories (health, economic access, etc.).
We then had the weighted scores to give a final score. This is the overall score we then used to rank countries.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation conducted this survey online, on the telephone and in person between between Monday March 26 and Friday May 4, 2018. Those interviewed included aid and development professionals, academics, health workers, policymakers, non-government organisation workers, journalists, and social commentators.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation attempted to interview a broadly representative sample based on area of expertise. All respondents were treated anonymously unless the Foundation contacted them later to seek an on-the-record comment.
In total 759 experts accessed the survey between March 26 and May 4 with 548 responses which corresponds to a response rate of 72.2 percent.