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New 'Most Dangerous Countries for Women' List Includes Saudi Arabia, Syria...and USA

Saudi Arabia, June 27, 2018

A newly released study surveyed 550 women's issues experts and determined that the United States ranked among Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan as one of the most dangerous nations for women:

The U.S., according to the study by the Thompson Reuters Foundation, was the 10th-most dangerous nation in terms of the risk for harassment, sexual violence, and being coerced into sex.

The foundation previously conducted the survey in 2011 when the U.S. was not ranked as one of the top 10.

The foundation, according to CBS News, said the ranking resulted from the publicity surrounding the #MeToo movement and the discussion about sexual misconduct in the United States. The conclusion reportedly wasn't based on data:

Cindy Southworth, the executive vice president at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, reportedly supported the finding and argued it showed that income didn't immunize someone from harassment.

“People want to think income means you're protected from misogyny, and sadly that's not the case,” she said.

She added that “we are going to look back and see this as a very powerful tipping point... We're blowing the lid off and saying '#Metoo and Time's Up.'”

Others, however, seemed to agree with the ranking:

As IJR previously noted, the United States faced an onslaught of sexual harassment allegations in 2017 and 2018. Perhaps most notably, a long list of celebrities went public with their accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Following Weinstein, the accusations touched on other parts of Hollywood and broadcast media, with mainstays like Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose facing sexual misconduct allegations.

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