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The top ten most dangerous countries for women in the world has been released, and we're not surprised. 

According to a survey commissioned by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, India is currently the worst place in the world for women, followed by war-torn countries Afghanistan and Syria. 

The United States also makes the list in tenth place. 

The poll was conducted around was conducted experts from Europe, Africa, the Americas, South East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific between March and May of this year. Respondents included aid professionals, academics, healthcare staff, non-government organisation workers, policy-makers, development specialists and social commentators.

The inclusion of the US on the list came as a surprise to some in the wake of the Me Too and Time's Up movements. 

"People want to think income means you're protected from misogyny, and sadly that's not the case," said Cindy Southworth, executive vice president of the Washington-based National Network to End Domestic Violence.

"We are going to look back and see this as a very powerful tipping point … We're blowing the lid off and saying '#Metoo and Time's Up'."

India ranked in first place due to the risks that women face from cultural and traditional practices, such as acid attacks, female genital mutilation, physical abuse and child marriage. However, this only seems to be worsening as the rate of reported crimes against women rose by 83 per cent between 2007 and 2016, with a sickening four cases of rape reported every hour.

India has made international headlines this year with a number of high-profile sexual assault cases. Earlier this year, eight men were accused of the gang rape of an eight-year-old girl and in April, a seven-year-old girl was raped and murdered during a wedding.

Protests saw thousands take to the streets in wake of the death of a 16-year-old girl, who was raped and burnt alive in her home. 

"India has shown utter disregard and disrespect for women … rape, marital rapes, sexual assault and harassment, female infanticide has gone unabated," Manjunath Gangadhara, an official at the Karnataka state government told Reuters.

"The (world's) fastest growing economy and leader in space and technology is shamed for violence committed against women."

India was also ranked the most dangerous country for women for human trafficking, including sex slavery and domestic servitude, as well as for traditional practices such as forced marriage, stoning and female infanticide.

The list also included Somalia, Saudi Arabia,  Pakistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen and Nigeria. 



Around 2,500 people queued for Christmas food parcels at the Capuchin Centre in Dublin in freezing temperatures this morning.

The queue, which began before 8am, stretched down the street and around the corner and included elderly people and children.

The shocking number of people on the breadline was no surprise to Brother Kevin Crowley, who runs the centre.

“Last year we gave out about 2,500 parcels but this year I think it will probably go over 3,000,” he told the Irish Times. 

“It is shocking, but I am not surprised. What is really appalling to see is the number of children coming here, mothers with children."

Each person in the queue will receive two blue plastic bags, one of perishable foods like bread and milk, and one of imperishable items like tinned beans, tea and sugar. 

Yesterday President Michael D Higgins visited the Capuchin Day Centre to commend the volunteers packing the parcels for their hard work. 


OK, we’ve definitely all been there: the only thing barer than your cupboards is your account balance. And trying to clobber together a decent feed from vegetable stock, kidney beans and two sad-looking onions is never enjoyable – even for the most inventive of amateur chefs.

Thankfully, for most that’s an occasional – hungry – storm to weather; but for others on low-incomes or for those reliant of social welfare payments, getting to the end of the week and doing without regular meals can be an all-too familiar occurrence.

I remember 20 years ago not eating so my daughter would eat. I remember nights when there was literally no money,” JK Rowling, the author of the global-phenomenon Harry Potter books, has revealed. “There’d been nights when I had one Rich Tea biscuit and that was dinner.”

The 49-year-old author, now worth €900m, added in the same interview in 2013: “If you are very, very poor and pregnant there is nothing in the world more vulnerable-making and anxiety-inducing: you are prepared to starve yourself. To think of money running out with your child not being able to eat is terrifying.”

And now one study has confirmed that 22 per cent of adults worry about the amount of money they have to spend on food. Worse still, a third of families with younger children worry about the same issue.

Compiled by Kellogg’s, the Is The Food Divide Getting Bigger? report highlights that despite signs of an economic recovery, those on a lower income are still struggling.

“Many people have suffered income losses and quite simply do not have as much money to spend on food or anything else for that matter,” highlighted economist Jim Power, also a contributor to the study.

“Those on fixed and low incomes have been most badly affected.” 

“Acknowledging and addressing the food divide now could create a buffer against the legacy of food poverty in our communities,” Kellogg’s also warned.

In 2015, Kellogg’s will be donating 2million servings of cereal to children and families in Ireland via partnerships with Barnardos and Crosscare. The company furthermore supports more than 120 breakfast clubs across the country.