According to a new survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Dhaka is the world’s seventh most dangerous megacity for women.
Cairo, Egypt, topped the list as the most dangerous for women, while Karachi in Pakistan tied with Congo’s Kinshasa for second place. Delhi was ranked fourth, behind the aforementioned top three.
The results of the survey
were based on responses from 20 women’s rights experts in each of the 19 cities tested. All 19 cities are among 31 megacities listed by the UN, and each of the cities was the largest megacity in their respective country.
The respondents were asked to rate four aspects of the cities in the questionnaire: Risk of sexual violence against women, access to healthcare, economic opportunities on offer for women and cultural practices regarding women.
Though Dhaka fared poorly in the sexual violence and cultural practice categories, ranking 4th worst in the former and 3rd worst in the latter, the Bangladeshi capital was in the best eight in terms of economic opportunities and access to healthcare.
Meanwhile, Delhi and Sao Paolo were ranked as the worst in terms of sexual violence, Peruvian capital Lima was the worst for access to healthcare, Cairo was worst in terms of cultural practices, and Kinshasa was found to have the least economic opportunities on offer. Cairo was among the worst three in every category.