Somalia has been ranked the fourth most dangerous country for women in a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey poll of global experts.
India, Afghanistan and Syria ranked first, second and third respectively in the survey which involved more than 550 experts on women’s issues.
Saudi Arabia became fifth.
Somalia, mired in conflict since 1991, was ranked the third most dangerous country for women in terms of access to healthcare.
The United States was ranked the 10th most dangerous country for women, ranking third on the question of sexual violence and sixth on the issue of non-sexual violence.
The survey found that the conflict in Somalia was fueling a culture of violence against women.
Thomson Reuters Foundation is the the charitable arm of the news agency Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience.
The poll was a repeat of a similar survey in 2011 that found Afghanistan, DR Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia were seen as the most dangerous countries for women.