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The United States just claimed a spot on a troubling list, the list of top 10 most dangerous countries for women, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The U.S ranked 10th on the list, which was compiled by 548 experts, and was the only Western nation included. These experts were asked to identify the worst countries based on several categories — “health care, economic resources, cultural or traditional practices, sexual violence and harassment, non-sexual violence and human trafficking.”
In the sexual violence category, the U.S. was ranked joint third.
The study cites the #MeToo movement for exposing the violence and harassment women face in the United States into the international spotlight.
“People want to think income means you're protected from misogyny, and sadly that's not the case,” Cindy Southworth, the executive vice president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, said, according to Reuters.
One of the most prominent voices in the #MeToo movement, Rose McGowan, reacted to the United States making this disheartening top 10 on Twitter.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 26, 2018
“America, once again, you excel at tragedy," McGowan tweeted. She also used her reaction tweet to call on parents to "teach [their] sons not to rape.”
India topped the list as the worst country for women. The survey claims that India has “shown utter disregard and disrespect for women.”
Afganistan took second place after the war-torn country “fared [the] worst in four of the seven questions.” Experts claimed that the increasing amount of violence in Afghanistan was a direct threat to women's safety.
Syria was listed third, as the experts who created the list claimed that the violence caused by the seven-year war contributes greatly to the danger women face in Syria.
The survey was conducted via phone, online, and in person between March 26 and May 4, 2018.
Academics, aid professionals, development specialist, health care workers, nongovernmental organization employees, policymakers, and social commentators were among the survey participants.