Lagos ranked as the eighth worst megacity for women according to the first international experts’ poll on how females fare in the rising number of cities with over 10 million people. Nigeria’s largest city with an estimated 13.7 million people was sixth worst when it came to harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation and forced marriages and seventh worst for women to have access to economic resources such as education, land, and financial services such as bank accounts and loans.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest news and information provider, conducted a survey in 19 of the world’s biggest megacities as ranked by the United Nations.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest news and information provider, conducted a survey in 19 of the world’s biggest megacities as ranked by the United Nations. The survey asked experts in women’s issues in 19 megacities how well women are protected from sexual violence, from harmful cultural practices, and if they have access to good healthcare, finance and education.
In each of the 19 megacities, the foundation contacted 20 experts focused on women’s issues including academics, non-government organisation workers, healthcare staff, policy-makers, and social commentators and the following questions were asked?
Question Asked and Result
- Sexual Violence: Women can live in this city without facing the risk of sexual violence including rape or sexual attacks or harassment.
- Access to Healthcare: Women have good access to healthcare including control over reproductive health and maternal mortality.
- Cultural Practices: Women are well protected from potentially harmful cultural practices including female genital mutilation, child, early or forced marriage, female infanticide.
- Economic Opportunities: Women have access to economic resources such as education, ownership of land or other forms of property, and financial services such as bank accounts.
The questionnaire was drafted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation with the results produced in collaboration with StarMine, a Thomson Reuters company specialised in models and analytics.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey results were based on a minimum of 15 experts in each country. The survey was conducted in 19 of 31 megacities listed by the United Nations with the poll only conducted in one – the largest – megacity in each country.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation conducted this survey online and on the telephone between June 1 and July 28, 2017. Those interviewed included aid professionals, academics, health workers, NGOs, policy-makers, development specialists and social commentators.
The Foundation attempted to interview a broadly representative sample based on area of expertise. Access and quality of telecommunication systems, as well as the language barrier, made some countries more accessible than others. For these reasons, no weighting has been applied to the figures.
Cairo is the world’s most dangerous megacity for women while London is the best, according to the first international experts’ poll on how females fare in the rising number of cities with over 10 million people.