Some parts of this world are utterly dangerous to be born female.

The global perceptions survey conducted by TrustLaw, a Thomson Reuters Foundation's legal news service, 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, Reuters reported.

According to the poll, Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan are the world's most dangerous countries for women, followed by India and Somalia.

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1. Afghanistan

Afghanistan ranked as the most dangerous country for women overall, known to be worst in health, non-sexual violence and economic discrimination.

Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. That aside, it is also a context that gives a woman minimal opportunity for education, health access, reproductive health choice, etc. The lack of hope of the situation of women improving in the near future, as opposed to countries such as Sierra Leone and Southern Sudan, makes the situation comparatively even worse. - Dhammika Perera, International Rescue Committee

Among Afghan women,

87% are illiterate

1/11 chance of dying in childbirth

70-80% face forced marriages

2. Congo

Recovering from a war and a humanitarian disaster that killed 5.4 million, Democratic Republic of Congo ranked second due mainly to staggering levels of sexual violence.

Among Congo women,

57% of pregnant women are anaemic

1152 women are raped every day

Wives cannot sign legal acts without their husband's authorization

3. Pakistan

Pakistani laws are discriminatory, and the judicial system condones and exacerbates the problem of violence by neglecting women's human rights.

Among Pakistani women,

90% experience domestic violence in their lifetimes

82% earn less than men

More than 1000 women and girls are victims of honour killings every year.

4. India

The most serious modern-day slavery exists in India. 100 million people are estimated to be involved in trafficking in the world's largest democracy.

Among Indian women,

44.5% of girls are married before the age of 18

50 million girls are missing in the past century due to female infanticide and foeticide

5. Somalia

One of the poorest, most violent and lawless countries, Somalia ranked fifth due to a catalogue of dangers including high maternal mortality, rape, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriagem, reported Reuters.

Among Somalian women,

95% of girls face genital mutilation, mostly between ages of 4 and 11

7.5% of parliament seats are held by women

9% give birth in a health facility