The Worst Places on Earth for Women

There are still places where women are systematically repressed and tortured.
the worst places in the world for women
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PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Girls get just five years of formal education before going to work. They are four times more likely than men to contract HIV.
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T. Belizaire
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HAITI: Nearly 50 percent of women in the capital's shantytown, Cité Soleil, have beensexually assaulted - not surprising when you consider that rape was criminalized only three years ago.
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J. Alpeyrie
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NEPAL: The female literacy rate is at 35 percent; if girls aren't married off in their teens, there's a good chance they'll be sold by their families to sex traffickers.
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G. Gobet
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SIERRA LEONE: This is the worst place to be a woman, according to the Human Development Report. Only 24 percent of women are literate, and one in eight die during pregnancy or childbirth. Life expectancy is 43.
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P. Bronstein
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AFGHANISTAN: A woman dies during childbirth every half-hour, the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Domestic violence is endemic; 87 percent of Afghan women have been assaulted by a family member.
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D. Berehulak
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NIGER: Only 4 percent of women have access to contraceptives, and 67 percent of births happen without a health professional on hand.
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