So which countries treat women like cattle?

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There has been some debate about which countries Winston Peters was referring to, when he talked about countries that treat women like cattle.

Immigrants from countries who “treat their women like cattle”, should be interviewed to check their attitude before entry into New Zealand…

“But here’s what we want. We want them to salute our flag, respect our laws, honour our institutions and, above all, don’t bring absolutely anti-women attitudes with them, treating women like cattle, like fourth-class citizens.”

…”There are countries I had in mind, they’re not specifically of any one religion. But they’re parts of the world, where women are treated like cattle

“Those countries are well known to us, and they don’t have any specialty apart from the fact that that’s how they treat women.”

If they were going to come here, “then they’d better have a different attitude”.

Peters said he had the “greatest respect” for and he had travelled to a number of Muslim countries. There were many reasons why New Zealand wouldn’t want to take certain immigrants in.

– Stuff

Most of us reading the article assumed that Winston was talking about Muslim countries as Sharia (Islamic) law discriminates against women and makes it clear that a woman has half the value of a man. It is best though not to assume these things so I did a google search using the search words, ‘ countries where women don’t have equal rights’ in order to find out which countries are the worst at denying women equal rights. My search revealed an article with a list of ten countries. Out of that list of the ten worst countries to live in as a woman, seven of them were Muslim majority countries.

The image of the 21st century woman is confident, prosperous, glowing with health and beauty. But for many of the 3.3 billion female occupants of our planet, the perks of the cyber age never arrived. As International Women’s Day is celebrated every year, they continue to feel the age-old lash of violence, repression, isolation, enforced ignorance and discrimination….

Here is a list of the ten worst countries to live as a women.

The main religion in Iraq is Islam, followed by about 97% of Iraqis

10. Iraq

worst countries for women

worst countries for women

…an inferno of sectarian violence that targets women and girls. The literacy rate, once the highest in the Arab world, is now among the lowest.


The state religion in Pakistan is Islam, which is practiced by about 95-98% of the population.

9. Pakistan

worst countries for women

In some tribal areas, women are gang raped as punishment for men’s crimes. But honor killing is more widespread, and a renewed wave of religious extremism is targeting female politicians, human rights workers and lawyers. Women are victims of violence and abuse, and the country still lacks a law against domestic violence. Last year the country saw around 1000 honor killings of women and girls, a practice that has been exported to the West. 90 percent of women experience domestic violence in their lifetimes; women earn 82 percent less than men.


The main religion of India is Hinduism which is followed by 80.5% of the population.The second most popular religion is Islam at 13.4%

8. India

10 Worst Countries for Women

10 Worst Countries for Women

…Domestic violence in India is endemic and widespread predominantly against women. Around 70% of women in India are victims of domestic violence, according to Renuka Chowdhury junior minister for women and child development. National Crime Records Bureau reveal that a crime against a women is committed every three minutes, a women is raped every 29 minutes, a dowry death occurs every 77 minutes and one case of cruelty committed by either the husband or relative of the victim occurs every nine minutes. 50 million girls were killed in the past century in the practice of female infanticide or foeticide; around 100 million women and girls are estimated to be victim of human trafficking; 44.5 percent of girls are married before the age of 18.


Most residents of Somalia are Muslims, the majority belonging to the Sunni branch of Islam and the Shafi’i school of Islamic jurisprudence, although some are adherents of the Shia Muslim denomination.

7. Somalia

Somali Women

Somali Women

In the Somalia capital, Mogadishu, a vicious civil war has put women, who were the traditional ministry of the family, under attack. 95 percent of girls face genital mutilation mostly between the ages of 4 and 11; only 7.5 percent of parliament seats are held by women; only 9 percent of women give birth in a health facility.


An estimated 90 percent of Malians are Muslim, mostly Sunni belonging to Maliki school of jurisprudence influenced with Sufism.Ahmadiyya and Shia minorities are also present.

6. Mali

Women in Mali

In Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries, few women escape torture of genital mutilation. Many of them are forced into early marriages, and one in ten dies in pregnancy or childbirth. There are no laws against female genital mutilation in Mali, and a large number of women have been subjected to it.


The majority religion is Catholicism at 47% with Protestants at 40%

5. Guatemala

Guatemalan women

Guatemalan women

The impoverished female under-class of Guatemala faces domestic violence, rape and the second highest rate of HIV/AIDS after Sub-Saharan Africa.


97% of the country’s population follow Islam. The vast majority of Muslims in Sudan are Sunni belonging to Maliki school of jurisprudence.

4. Sudan

Sudanese Women

Sudanese Women

While Sudanese women have made strides under reformed laws, the plight of those in Darfur, in western Sudan, has worsened. Abduction, rape or forced displacement has destroyed more than one million women’s lives since year 2003.


Christianity is the majority religion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, followed by about 80% of the population. Denominations include Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20% and Kimbanguist 10%.

3. Congo

Women in Congo

Women in Congo

In the eastern DRC, a war that claimed more than 3 million lives has ignited again, with women on the front-line  Many others were victims of direct attacks and violence perpetrated by the warring parties or by rogue armed militias. Women in the Congo face especially harsh realities; around 1,100 are raped every day. Since 1996, more than 200,000 rapes have been reported in the country. 57 percent of pregnant women are anaemic; women can not sign legal documents without their husbands’ authorization.


The official religion in Afghanistan is Islam, which is practiced by over 99% of its citizens. As high as 90% of the population follow Sunni Islam. The remaining are Shias.

2. Afghanistan

Afghan Women

Afghan Women

The average Afghan girl will live to only 45 – one year less than an Afghan male. After three decades of war and repression, an overwhelming number of women remain illiterate in Afghanistan. Afghan girls are also discouraged, sometimes fatally, from seeking an education and Afghan rape victims can be forced, by law, to marry their attacker. More than half of all brides are under 16, and one women dies in childbirth every half an hour. A large majority, up to 85 percent, of women in Afghanistan give birth with no medical attention. It is the country with the highest maternal mortality rate in the world.


55.7% of the population of Chad is Muslim.The vast majority of Muslims are Sunni of Maliki school of Jurisprudence. A minority of Muslims are Shia or Ahmadiyya.

1. Chad

Chad Women

Chad Women

Women in Chad have very few rights. Arranged marriages are still common and often times the girls are around 11 and 12 years old. Sudanese Women living in refugee camps in eastern Chad are facing rape and other forms of violence. Outside the camps, they face a range of abuses from harassment and threats to physical attacks, committed by members of opposition armed groups, bandits and members of the Chadian security forces.

-wonderslist.com


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