It goes without saying that the past two years have been difficult for all travelers, but with travel now in full swing and solo female travel is on the rise, women need to be aware of global risks, especially in light of incidents like the murder of several travelers on the Riviera Maya in Mexico earlier this year and the case of Sarah everard, who was kidnapped and murdered by a policeman in London. In order to help determine the safest and most dangerous places for female travelers, Security detectives—An international publishing group of cybersecurity experts and privacy researchers — recently published a report on the state of women’s security in different parts of the world.
In its report, SafetyDetectives ranks the most dangerous countries in the world for women, as well as the safest countries. “This study highlights the fact that violence against women is not a geographically isolated phenomenon; it’s a problem all over the world, even in places that are relatively safer than others, ”says Melissa Haun, author of SafetyDetectives.
SafetyDetectives analyzed 78 countries to see which are the safest and most dangerous for women in terms of the number of crimes committed against them as well as the laws protecting them. According to SafetyDetectives, not all countries in the world were on the list because many countries do not have public data on crime. The search only covered the 78 countries for which data could be found in all categories. “Before we discovered the results themselves, the most surprising thing was how difficult it was for us to find the data, and not only in countries where women’s rights are inferior to those of men, but also in many countries where they are. equal, ”says Yevheniia Hordiienko. , member of the SafetyDetectives research team. “The lack of transparency and sometimes imprecision of the reports made it very difficult for our team to collect data. This is the main reason why the list of countries we managed to compare is not as long as we hoped. “
SafetyDetectives analyzed the number of crimes per 100,000 women, including sexual abuse, murder, domestic violence and rape (not exhaustive). For each of these variables, the company drew data from publicly available government statistics, official police reports and studies from reputable institutions such as WHO, UN, RAINN, Canadian Women’s Foundation. and other organizations dedicated to women’s safety. When it comes to women’s legal rights, the company looked at abortion laws, domestic violence laws, and more.
Become the safest country in the world for women: Japan, with Poland in second place and Bosnia and Herzegovina in third place. Egypt is also in the top 10, but as Haun points out, that can be misleading. “The data ranks Egypt at the top of the ‘safe nations’ list, although that’s distorted,” she says. “Cultural pressures and fears of social rejection mean that certain crimes (like rape) often go unreported in Egypt. “
The United States ranks seventh on the list of the most dangerous countries for women. In its report, SafetyDetectives dive deeper into the dangers for women in the United States, and the results are frightening. According to SafetyDetectives, one in three American women experience physical violence, rape and / or intimate partner harassment, and the figure is even higher for lesbian women, bisexual women, transgender people and women of color. .
Become the most dangerous country in the world for women: South Africa, which also surpassed the danger index for women of 2019. Next come Sweden at number 2 and El Salvador at number 3. Jamaica, Honduras and Guyana are other countries with the highest reported crimes against women. New Zealand is also in the top 15.
According to SafetyDetectives, although the report is data driven, it is flawed in some ways. A chilling revelation: “It should be noted that the crime data is only based on officially reported cases,” says Haun. “Since these types of crimes often go unreported, from sexual abuse and assault in the US military to murders of trans women, we can assume that the actual number of incidents is higher in all countries. “
For example, Sweden often ranks at the top of other lists of the safest countries for women, but in its research, SafetyDetectives found that Sweden has the highest (reported) rape rate in Europe. “The fact that several other relatively safe countries like Norway, Australia and New Zealand also feature prominently on this list suggests that reporting may be much more common there, or that the definition of rape is more broad – and not necessarily that more crimes are committed – although more research is needed to confirm this, ”says Haun.
It is also important to note: “Just because a given country has laws in place to protect women does not mean that the laws necessarily work,” says Haun. “They may not be applied or tracked. So while our ranking gives some insight into where women are most secure on paper, it may not accurately reflect their actual safety. An example is Cambodia, where women are legally protected in theory, but much less in reality. “
Read on to find out about the 15 safest countries for women, as well as the 15 most dangerous countries. You can see the entire report here, which also includes lists of countries with the most and least favorable laws for women, women’s perceptions of safety, places where women are most afraid to walk alone and more.
The safest countries for female travelers
- Bosnia herzegovina
- United Arab Emirates
Most dangerous countries for female travelers
- South Africa
- El Salvador
- united states of america
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- New Zealand
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