A recent travel study of more than 30 countries found that Canada has been deemed the eighth safest country in the world for women to travel in by themselves this summer.
According to Bounce, a luggage storage company that published the study this month, data from various aspects of gender equality and safety for women including domestic violence laws, homicide rates, and how safe women feel walking at night in their respective countries were considered to create the ranked list.
The study found that the safest country for women to travel by themselves is Ireland, followed by Austria, Norway, Slovenia, and Switzerland, which account for the top five safest countries.
Spain ranked sixth safest, followed by Portugal, Canada, the Netherlands, and Poland, rounding out the top 10.
In a score of out of 10, Canada scored 6.67 points for its overall safety for women travelling alone, while the top safest country, Ireland, scored 7.88.
On the other end of the rankings, Columbia was deemed the least safe for women to travel alone out of the 34 countries included in the rankings. The United States barely beat the South American country, coming in at 32 on the list and just above Costa Rica.
The study and ranking were based on several different measurements including:
- Percentage of women in that country who had reported experiencing violence
- The number of female homicide victims per 100,000 women
- Percentage of women who reported feeling safe walking alone at night
- Percentage of women in that country who agree that a husband might be justified in being violent against his wife
- How strong the laws regarding domestic violence are in that country
Canada was able to achieve the top spot in one of the individual categories with the study finding that Canada had the lowest rate of reported domestic violence.
Canada had also tied with more than 10 other countries for having the best domestic violence laws that offer women protection from domestic violence without discriminating against women’s rights.
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