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ImageWar, poverty, disastrous health care: Enemies of Afghan women

Beleaguered by insurgency, corruption and dire poverty, Afghanistan was ranked as most dangerous to women overall and came out worst in three of the poll's key risk categories: health, non-sexual violence and economic discrimination.

Respondents cited sky-high maternal mortality rates, limited access to doctors and a near total lack of economic rights. Afghan women have a one in 11 chance of dying in childbirth, according to UNICEF, the report pointed out.

Apart from that, some 87 per cent of women in the country are illiterate, while 70-80 per cent of girls and women face forced marriages, the report also noted.

Image: Beleaguered by insurgency, corruption and dire poverty, Afghanistan was ranked as most dangerous to women
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
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