5 Worst Countries for Women

Yemen, Congo, Niger among lowest ranking
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2011 3:55 PM CST
A Yemeni woman who supports President Ali Abdullah Saleh takes part in a rally in the capital Sanaa on March 3, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – To mark International Women's Day, AoL News takes note of countries that treat their women the worst. The findings are based on a UN index that factors in categories such as jobs, education, political representation, and reproductive health. The worst offenders:

  1. Yemen: Its female citizens routinely face "violence and discrimination," says Amnesty International.

  1. Democratic Republic of Congo: The civil war is officially over, but rape, famine, and disease remain common.
  2. Niger: One in 7 women will die in childbirth.
Click for the full list. For better reading on the topic, click for some of the year's biggest breakthroughs for women around the world, including the creation of a UN superagency.

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