Survey That Ranked US 10th Most Dangerous Country for Women Has Absurd Explanation of Methods

​”Data does not always tell the whole picture.”

​The United States is “among the 10 most dangerous countries for women,” announced a “perception poll” published on Monday. Christina Sommers, a critic of identity politics and contemporary feminism, contacted the Thomas Reuters Foundation, which conducted the survey, to examine their methodology.

​First, the report: Upon release, the survey ​touted one big finding: The US is the only Western country to have made the list, which presumed to measure and rank how women experience threat in different countries.

​Reuters explained this finding as a result of increased awareness to women’s issues galvanized by the #MeToo movement.

​Topping the list are India, Syria and Afghanistan.

​When it comes to sexual violence, the poll found the US shares third place with Syria.
Reuters reached these conclusions by asking “​about 550 experts in women’s issues which of the 193 United Nations member states they considered most dangerous on a range of issues.”

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​Enter Sommers: Sommers was quick to chide the report’s methodology. “Sad to see such shoddiness,” she tweeted.

​​She contacted the foundation to get a better understanding on what sort of experts were surveyed, and what they based their impressions on. She tweeted out Reuters’ response on Thursday.

​​”Perception”: Reuters first clarified that the survey was “totally based on perception, not data.” They elaborated:

​”Data does not always tell the whole picture. Data is not always available on women-related issue[s] in many countries. Nor do perception polls tell the whole picture. But experts who know the situation on the ground can shed light on this.”

​Which raises the question: Who are the experts?

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“​Experts”: This seems to be the crux of the matter for Sommers. Reuters’ definition of experts was left vague.

​The overarching criteria for experts, according to the foundation’s response to Sommers, was that they “needed to be working in a field related to women’s issue.” ​This could range from “health, education” to “Microfinance.”

​Reuters emphasized that they “did not weight career” and “gave an assurance” of confidentiality to participants.

​Out of the 548 experts included in the survey, 111 were from the ​Americas.

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