16 Jun '11, 1am

Somalia worst place to be a woman - minister - Yahoo! News via @yahoosg

LONDON (TrustLaw) - A Thomson Reuters Foundation poll may have found that Afghanistan is the most dangerous place to be a woman, but Somalia's women's minister is astonished any country could be worse than her own. "I'm completely surprised because I thought Somalia would be first on the list, not fifth," said Maryan Qasim. The lawless country has been engulfed in conflict for 20 years. But the greatest risk to women's lives is not war but birth. One woman dies for every 100 live births, according to U.N. figures -- one of the highest rates in the world. "The most dangerous thing a woman in Somalia can do is to become pregnant," Qasim said. "When a woman becomes pregnant her life is 50-50 because there is no antenatal care at all ... There are no hospitals, no healthcare, no nothing." The poll by TrustLaw (www.trust.org/trustlaw), a legal news service run by Thomson Reuter...

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