It is 2013, and yet the status of women around the world remains critical. At every stage of life, females are still at risk in places like Afghanistan and India, both of which were named among the “world’s most dangerous countries in which to be born a woman.”
It is not just lack of medical care and outrageously high maternal mortality rates that account for the challenges that confront women; rape and persistent violence will stalk them throughout their often-short lives. In India, twice as many women die each day from “injuries” than from maternal mortality. That statistic alone is proof enough that, at least in India, women are still considered as worthless as yesterday’s bread.