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Gabrielle Rubin (R), teaches a self-defense class for women in New York City, U.S., June 18, 2018. Photo taken June 18, 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States was named as the only Western nation among the 10 most dangerous countries for women yesterday in a survey of global experts, after the #MeToo campaign triggered a flood of complaints about sexual harassment and assault. A Reuters survey asked about 550 experts in women’s issues which of the 193 United Nations member states they considered most dangerous on a range of issues, with India topping the list followed by Afghanistan and Syria.

Seven years ago a Thomson Reuters Foundation experts’ survey found the five most dangerous countries for women were seen to be Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia. This year we set out to see if the situation had changed. We wanted to find out whether more was being done to address the overall risks faced by women, and specifically regarding healthcare, access to economic resources, customary practices, sexual violence, non-sexual violence and human trafficking. We expanded our poll to the 10 most dangerous countries with some surprising results. reuters
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