Saudi Arabia: Worse Country for a Woman?



Here is an opportunity for American Bedu readers to participate in a survey on which country is the worse country in which to be a woman.

I plan to participate in the survey but may surprise you with my point of view.  I do not believe Saudi Arabia is the worse country in which to be a woman.  Instead I think of the countries which continue to be rife with female trafficking or female genital mutilation.  Those countries DO NOT include Saudi Arabia.

Here is the email I received which provides you with details and contact information if you’d like to participate in the survey:

Dear Carol,

TrustLaw Women, a women’s rights news service run by Thomson Reuters Foundation, is conducting its annual global poll of experts, which this year is looking at the best and worst countries in the G20 to be a woman. I was wondering whether you would like to add your voice to the survey. We have had a lot of responses so far but we are missing input from those with knowledge of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Perhaps you would also be able to publicise the survey to others in the region – bloggers, journalists, women’s rights activists, campaigners, politicians etc – who have knowledge of women’s rights.

Sharing your expertise via this poll will help highlight important issues affecting women – including health, gender violence and discrimination – ahead of the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, June 18-19. Results will be launched in June on TrustLaw and via the Reuters newswire.

Please click here to access the survey. We’d be grateful if you could complete the eight questions, or those questions you feel qualified to answer, as soon as possible and by April 30th.

Last year’s poll identified the world’s most dangerous countries to be a woman, sparking massive media coverage and debate.

See a video on the impact of the poll here, and see how it changed life on the ground here.

We thank you in advance for your time and please let me know if you have any queries.

Best wishes, Katherine


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