A dynamic duo of travel safety, Asher and Lyric Fergusson, have compiled mass amounts of data to come up with the comprehensive 'Women's Danger Index.'
The index shows countries ranked on their level of danger, based on an assortment of criteria that includes whether women are safe walking at night as well as the intentional homicide of women in the country.
The countries considered in the ranking are the 50 most-visited tourist destination around the world, so each continent is pretty well-represented.
Each country is given a "Danger Grade" for each of the eight considerations and then ranked overall.
The eight categories are as follows:
- Safe to walk alone at night?
- Intentional homicide of women
- Non-partner sexual violence
- Intimate partner violence
- Legal discrimination
- Global gender gap
- gender equality
- Violence against women attitudes
Canada ranked well, which isn't terribly surprising... but what was surprising is the fact that we did earn a mark against us for Non-Partner Sexual Violence... a danger point that no other countries in our ranking grade had.
We spoke with some women in Montreal about how safe they felt in the city in relation to this danger point, and offer some tips on how to stay safe in a metropolis like Montreal
The Fergussons note that while it's easy to rank a country based on the number of reported crimes, there are a plethora of other reasons why travelling in a country can be unsafe for a woman, including the "minutiae of the legal system, and systematic oppression of local women."
They make a point of mentioning that these issues can arise in areas as seemingly insignificant as hailing a taxi when alone or being heard in a conversation.
So while something like partner violence doesn't impact a tourist, it does indicate "overall attitudes with the culture" of the region.
The ranking below shows that South Africa is, by far and away, the most dangerous place for a woman to travel alone.
It's interesting to note that each of the top 5 worst countries to travel to are on a different continent.
You'll also see that despite being in the top 10 safest countries for a solo female traveller, Canada comes in at #8 due to the rate of non-partner sexual violence.
This makes sense considering the UN's opinion of Canada's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
It's also very interesting to see the United States at the other end of the spectrum, coming out as the #19 most dangerous country on the list. The only area where they received a low danger grade was in terms of the attitude surrounding violence against women.
You might want to send this to yourself or take a screenshot... y'know for the next time you're planning a trip.
For more safety tips from Asher and Lyric Fergusson, head to their page here where they list 42 safety tips for women who are travelling alone.