Yes, indeed- great piece. I had far worse things happen to me as a woman in Western countries than in any of the developing countries I have visited, which is not to say that they don’t happen everywhere. And the worst thing on my list- sad to say, every woman has a list- happened to me in the good old US of A…. inflicted by a well-educated, arrogant white guy.
This could just be a story about countries deemed dangerous for women to travel to. But it’s more than that. This is a story about our perception of danger and how we’re told time and time again that the unfamiliar and the foreign are more dangerous to us than what is on our own doorstep.
A couple of months back, British tabloid the Daily Mail ran a story in their travel section titled ‘Sex attacks, muggings, and harassment: World’s most dangerous holiday destinations for women (and some of them may surprise you)’. The top ten list declared India; Brazil; Turkey; Thailand; Egypt; Colombia; South Africa; Morocco; Mexico; and Kenya to be the most dangerous countries for female travellers.
We’ll get back to that shortly. First I want to tell you about a strange encounter I had in Medellin, Colombia in 2001.
After a hard couple of days travelling…
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