The World's Most Dangerous Countries for Women

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    Shamsia, 17, victim of an acid attack by the Taliban, lies on a bed at a hospital in Kabul November 15, 2008.
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    Women flee after fresh fighting erupted around Kibati village November 7, 2008.
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    The daughters of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi pose with an image of their mother while standing outside their residence in Sheikhupura located in Pakistan's Punjab Province November 13, 2010. Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of four, has been sentenced to death for blasphemy.
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    A woman carries empty pitchers as another fills a pitcher with drinking water from a "virda", a small opening made by villagers manually to collect water, from the dried-up Banas river at Sukhpur village, north of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad May 12, 2011. At least 30 virdas have been dug up by villagers in the river. Villagers walk two and a half kilometers to draw drinking water from them, and they say it takes 30-40 minutes to fill a five-liter jar.
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    Somali refugees who recently arrived at the Dagahaley camp assemble a makeshift shelter, in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, April 3, 2011. Drought and two decades of violence have forced Somalis to flee their country and seek refuge at the three Dadaab camps, which were originally designed to accommodate 90,000 people. Dadaab is the biggest refugee camp in the world, with more than 332,000 refugees mainly from Somalia.
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These five countries are the world's most dangerous countries for women according to a Thomas Reuters Foundation expert poll released on Wednesday, due to a barrage of threats ranging from violence and rape to dismal healthcare and honor killings.  In the global perceptions survey by TrustLaw (www.trust.org/trustlaw), the Foundation's legal news service, they asked 213 gender experts from five continents to rank countries by overall perceptions of danger as well as by six risks: health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, cultural or religious factors, lack of access to resources and trafficking.

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