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Most dangerous countries for women

<p>Shamsia, 17, victim of an acid attack by the Taliban, lies on a bed at a hospital in Kabul November 15, 2008. A survey compiled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation shows that Afghanistan is worst place in the world for women, with India in the top five and Congo, Pakistan and Somalia also failing females, with rape, poverty and infanticide rife.  REUTERS/Omar Sobhani </p>

Shamsia, 17, victim of an acid attack by the Taliban, lies on a bed at a hospital in Kabul November 15, 2008. A survey compiled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation shows that Afghanistan is worst place in the world for women, with India in the top five...more

Shamsia, 17, victim of an acid attack by the Taliban, lies on a bed at a hospital in Kabul November 15, 2008. A survey compiled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation shows that Afghanistan is worst place in the world for women, with India in the top five and Congo, Pakistan and Somalia also failing females, with rape, poverty and infanticide rife. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

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<p>Afghan mothers visit a health clinic in Eshkashem district of Badakhshan province, northeast of Kabul, April 23, 2008. Women die in childbirth every day in Afghanistan, a country with one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates. About 1,600 Afghan women die in childbirth out of every 100,000 live births. In some of the most remote areas, the death rate is as high as 6,500. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood </p>

Afghan mothers visit a health clinic in Eshkashem district of Badakhshan province, northeast of Kabul, April 23, 2008. Women die in childbirth every day in Afghanistan, a country with one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates. About 1,600...more

Afghan mothers visit a health clinic in Eshkashem district of Badakhshan province, northeast of Kabul, April 23, 2008. Women die in childbirth every day in Afghanistan, a country with one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates. About 1,600 Afghan women die in childbirth out of every 100,000 live births. In some of the most remote areas, the death rate is as high as 6,500. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A woman walks past riot police outside a gathering in Kabul's stadium February 23, 2007.  REUTERS/Ahmad Masood </p>

A woman walks past riot police outside a gathering in Kabul's stadium February 23, 2007. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A woman walks past riot police outside a gathering in Kabul's stadium February 23, 2007. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A woman displaced by war prays during a Sunday service in an outdoor church at the Don Bosco center in Goma in eastern Congo November 23, 2008.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>

A woman displaced by war prays during a Sunday service in an outdoor church at the Don Bosco center in Goma in eastern Congo November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A woman displaced by war prays during a Sunday service in an outdoor church at the Don Bosco center in Goma in eastern Congo November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>People flee after fresh fighting erupted around Kibati village November 7, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

People flee after fresh fighting erupted around Kibati village November 7, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

People flee after fresh fighting erupted around Kibati village November 7, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A mother breastfeeds her two malnourished infants at a catholic mission feeding center in rebel-held Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A mother breastfeeds her two malnourished infants at a catholic mission feeding center in rebel-held Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A mother breastfeeds her two malnourished infants at a catholic mission feeding center in rebel-held Rutshuru, 70kms (50 miles) north of Goma in eastern Congo, November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A woman who has recently undergone surgery sits at the general hospital at Dungu in northeastern Congo, February 17, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A woman who has recently undergone surgery sits at the general hospital at Dungu in northeastern Congo, February 17, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A woman who has recently undergone surgery sits at the general hospital at Dungu in northeastern Congo, February 17, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>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, the first such conviction of a woman, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported. Bibi, 45, was handed down the death sentence by a court in Nankana district in central Punjab, the newspaper reported. Standing left to right is Esha, 12, Sidra, 18 and Eshum, 10. REUTERS/Adrees Latif </p>

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...more

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, the first such conviction of a woman, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported. Bibi, 45, was handed down the death sentence by a court in Nankana district in central Punjab, the newspaper reported. Standing left to right is Esha, 12, Sidra, 18 and Eshum, 10. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>School children with multicoloured scarves sit while singing Pakistan's national anthem during a rehearsal at the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, in Karachi August 13, 2009, ahead of Independence Day. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro </p>

School children with multicoloured scarves sit while singing Pakistan's national anthem during a rehearsal at the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, in Karachi August 13, 2009, ahead of Independence Day. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro...more

School children with multicoloured scarves sit while singing Pakistan's national anthem during a rehearsal at the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, in Karachi August 13, 2009, ahead of Independence Day. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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<p>Mukhtaran Mai gives an interview at a school in Meerwala, located in the Muzaffargarh District of Pakistan's central Punjab province April 22, 2011. Mai, a Pakistani victim of a village council-sanctioned gang-rape, who became a symbol of the country's oppressed women, said on Thursday her life was in danger after the Supreme Court acquitted 13 men accused of the crime. Mai was attacked on the orders of a village council in 2002 as a punishment because her brother - who was 12 at the time - was judged to have offended the honor of a powerful clan by allegedly having an affair with one of its women. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Mukhtaran Mai gives an interview at a school in Meerwala, located in the Muzaffargarh District of Pakistan's central Punjab province April 22, 2011. Mai, a Pakistani victim of a village council-sanctioned gang-rape, who became a symbol of the...more

Mukhtaran Mai gives an interview at a school in Meerwala, located in the Muzaffargarh District of Pakistan's central Punjab province April 22, 2011. Mai, a Pakistani victim of a village council-sanctioned gang-rape, who became a symbol of the country's oppressed women, said on Thursday her life was in danger after the Supreme Court acquitted 13 men accused of the crime. Mai was attacked on the orders of a village council in 2002 as a punishment because her brother - who was 12 at the time - was judged to have offended the honor of a powerful clan by allegedly having an affair with one of its women. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A woman is comforted by her mother while waiting for a medical check-up at a hospital in Swat region, located in Pakistan's restive North Western Frontier Province March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro </p>

A woman is comforted by her mother while waiting for a medical check-up at a hospital in Swat region, located in Pakistan's restive North Western Frontier Province March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

A woman is comforted by her mother while waiting for a medical check-up at a hospital in Swat region, located in Pakistan's restive North Western Frontier Province March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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<p>A veiled Muslim woman holds a placard during a protest in New Delhi, India, May 16, 2007. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi </p>

A veiled Muslim woman holds a placard during a protest in New Delhi, India, May 16, 2007. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A veiled Muslim woman holds a placard during a protest in New Delhi, India, May 16, 2007. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>Women laborers work in an onion field in Pimpalgaon, about 215 km (133 miles) north of Mumbai January 23, 2011.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

Women laborers work in an onion field in Pimpalgaon, about 215 km (133 miles) north of Mumbai January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Women laborers work in an onion field in Pimpalgaon, about 215 km (133 miles) north of Mumbai January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A woman weeps as she sits outside her house after police arrested her male family members, following a clash between farmers and police, at Bhatta Parsaul village in Gautam Buddha Nagar district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh May 8, 2011.  REUTERS/Adnan Abidi </p>

A woman weeps as she sits outside her house after police arrested her male family members, following a clash between farmers and police, at Bhatta Parsaul village in Gautam Buddha Nagar district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh May 8,...more

A woman weeps as she sits outside her house after police arrested her male family members, following a clash between farmers and police, at Bhatta Parsaul village in Gautam Buddha Nagar district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh May 8, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>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. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

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...more

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. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>A woman labourer walks past a residential estate under construction in Kolkata January 25, 2011.  REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri </p>

A woman labourer walks past a residential estate under construction in Kolkata January 25, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A woman labourer walks past a residential estate under construction in Kolkata January 25, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Mogadishu residents carry a woman wounded in fighting between African Union peacekeepers and Islamist forces in the Somali capital, October 28, 2009. REUTERS/Feisal Omar </p>

Mogadishu residents carry a woman wounded in fighting between African Union peacekeepers and Islamist forces in the Somali capital, October 28, 2009. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Mogadishu residents carry a woman wounded in fighting between African Union peacekeepers and Islamist forces in the Somali capital, October 28, 2009. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

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<p>A woman holds her malnourished child at the Banaadir Hospital in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, May 5, 2009.  REUTERS/Ismail Taxta </p>

A woman holds her malnourished child at the Banaadir Hospital in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, May 5, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta

A woman holds her malnourished child at the Banaadir Hospital in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, May 5, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta

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<p>A civilian pushes a woman on a handcart as they flee from renewed clashes in Somalia's capital Mogadishu July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Feisal Omar </p>

A civilian pushes a woman on a handcart as they flee from renewed clashes in Somalia's capital Mogadishu July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

A civilian pushes a woman on a handcart as they flee from renewed clashes in Somalia's capital Mogadishu July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

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<p>Somali refugees who recently arrived at the Dagahaley camp assemble a makeshift shelter, in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, April 3, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya </p>

Somali refugees who recently arrived at the Dagahaley camp assemble a makeshift shelter, in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, April 3, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Somali refugees who recently arrived at the Dagahaley camp assemble a makeshift shelter, in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, April 3, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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