Difference between revisions of "Muslim Statistics - Women"

From WikiIslam, the online resource on Islam
Jump to: navigation, search
[checked revision][checked revision]
m (Singapore)
m (Syria)
Line 120: Line 120:
{{Quote|January 2009|Exact figures for divorce may be non-existent in Syria, but there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest '''the country’s divorce rate is on the rise''', mirroring a similar trend throughout the Arab world.<ref>{{cite web|url= http://syria-today.com/index.php/january-2009/105-society/368-breaking-the-bonds-that-bind-|title= Breaking the Bonds That Bind|publisher= Syria Today|author= Anna Jozwik|date= January 2009|archiveurl= http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=https%3A%2F%2Fweb.archive.org%2Fweb%2F20101201054018%2Fhttp%3A%2F%2Fsyria-today.com%2Findex.php%2Fjanuary-2009%2F105-society%2F368-breaking-the-bonds-that-bind-&date=2013-11-01|deadurl=yes}}</ref>}}
{{Quote|January 2009|Exact figures for divorce may be non-existent in Syria, but there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest '''the country’s divorce rate is on the rise''', mirroring a similar trend throughout the Arab world.<ref name="st">{{cite web|url= http://syria-today.com/index.php/january-2009/105-society/368-breaking-the-bonds-that-bind-|title= Breaking the Bonds That Bind|publisher= Syria Today|author= Anna Jozwik|date= January 2009|archiveurl= http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=https%3A%2F%2Fweb.archive.org%2Fweb%2F20101201054018%2Fhttp%3A%2F%2Fsyria-today.com%2Findex.php%2Fjanuary-2009%2F105-society%2F368-breaking-the-bonds-that-bind-&date=2013-11-01|deadurl=yes}}</ref>}}

Revision as of 13:41, 1 November 2013

Muslim Statistics
Alcohol & DrugsAntisemitismChildrenConspiracy TheoriesCrime & PrejudiceEducation & EmploymentFree SpeechHealth & DisabilityHomosexualsHonor ViolenceMarriageMosquesPersecutionPopulationPornographyRituals & FestivalsScienceScriptureShari'ahSlaveryTerrorismWomenMiscellaneous

This page contains statistics covering various women-related issues. For statistics specifically concerning honor violence against women, see Honor Violence. For child-marriages and the abuse of children, see Children.

Danger to Women


According to a 2011 survey conducted by TrustLaw, a legal news service run by the Thomson-Reuters Foundation, 3 of the 5 most dangerous countries for women (including the top-spot) are Muslim majorities, and in terms of cultural/tribal/religious danger to women, 4 of the 5 most dangerous countries are Muslim majorities.[1]

World's most dangerous countries for women.png

Divorce Rates


Iran has launched an online "marriage college" to try to stem a soaring divorce rate that is worrying officials.
. . .

Statistics from Iran's National Organization for Civil Registration show that currently for every seven marriages one divorce is registered. In Tehran, that rises to a staggering one divorce registered for every 3.76 marriages.

The number of divorces in the Iranian calendar year just ended was 125,747, a rise of nearly 50 per cent from 2005, the year Ahmadinejad took office, when the figure was 84,241.
. . .
A study carried out by Shahid Beheshti University found that 80 per cent of divorces that took place within the first five years of marriage were instigated by women.

Sexual dissatisfaction is cited as one of the main reasons behind divorce in Iran, something that society and the government, for social and religious reasons, denied for a long time. However, in December 2008, Mohammad Javad Haj-Ali Akbari, an Ahmadinejad deputy and then head of the NYO, acknowledged it for the first time at a news conference.

The dean of Allameh Tabatabai University's faculty of psychology, Ahmad Borjali, recently named sexual problems as the reason for the majority of divorces in the country, adding, "This shows the importance of sex education before marriage."[2]


The rate of divorce in Kuwait has reached more than 50 per cent, and the number is still on the rise[3]
November 2013


Divorce rates among Muslims is five-times higher than among non-Muslims

New Straits Times story (Sept 30) that revealed the disproportionately high divorce rate among Muslims (15,000) compared with Chinese and Indians (3,000). A Muslim man's unilateral right to divorce his wife at will is one of the causes of the higher rate of divorce among Muslims.[4]
November 2006
In Malaysia 60 per cent of the population are followers of Islam, with the large ethnic Indian and Chinese communities devotees of Christian, Buddhist and Hindu traditions. But the divorce rate is highest among Malay Muslims, with the number of splits doubling between 2002 and 2009.[5]
June 2011


According to the UN, the country with the highest divorce rate in the world is the Maldives with 10.97 divorces per 1,000 inhabitants per year.[6]
January 2013


Northern Nigeria has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world: nearly half of all girls here are married by the age of 15.

The consequences have been devastating. Nigeria has the highest maternal mortality rate in Africa and one of the world’s highest rates of fistula, a condition that can occur when the pressure of childbirth tears a hole between the vagina and the bladder or rectum. Many women are left incontinent for life. Up to 800,000 women suffer from fistula in Nigeria.
. . .
Dr Waaldijk operates on up to 600 women a year, with no electricity or running water... Some have been divorced by their husbands - it is estimated that up to half of adolescent girls in northern Nigeria are divorced... The Nigerian federal Government has attempted to outlaw child marriage. In 2003 it passed the Child Rights Act, prohibiting marriage under the age of 18. In the Muslim northern states, though, there has been fierce resistance to the Act, with many people portraying it as antiIslamic.
. . .
Half of Nigeria’s 36 states have passed the Act, but it has been adopted by only one of the dozen Muslim states - and even that one made a crucial amendment substituting the age of 18 for the term “puberty”.

Each state in Nigeria has the constitutional right to amend legislation to comply with its local traditions and religion, meaning that central government is powerless to impose a minimum age of marriage.[7]
November 2008


The divorce rate has been on the rise in Pakistan over the last decade. In Lahore city alone more than 100 divorces are registered in family courts in a day. The divorce rate is increasing not only in the upper class of society but also in lower and middle classes. From February 2005 to January 2008 approximately 75, 000 divorce cases had been registered. From February 2008 to May 2011, 1, 24141 divorce cases were registered. Around 2, 59064 separations have taken place in the provincial metropolis over the last decade. In 2010, 40,410 separation cases were registered in the city’s family courts and 13,500” divorces have been filed so far in 2011.[8]
June 2011


The fact that Qatar's divorce rate is rising can be blamed on the women in the country, according to a survey carried out by newspaper The Peninsula.

Based on this study, more than half of divorces in Qatar are the result of women disobeying their husband: in at least 20% of divorces the women behaved badly and 36% were caused by insolent behaviour by women. Some 17% of divorces are caused by women refusing to do their household chores. In 9% of the cases the husband decides to divorce out of jealousy, but also in these cases women are to blame, because they made their husband jealous by leaving the house on their own. One in three wives in Qatar suffer physical or psychological violence from the side of their husband, but this is not one of the listed causes for divorce in the survey.[9]
February 2012

Saudi Arabia

Given the enormous rise in the divorce rate in the Kingdom — the second-highest in the world — the head of Jeddah’s marriage court, Sheikh Saleh Ahmad Habad, has called for urgent steps to address the issue.

The court registers 40 marriages and 20 divorces a day.

Sheikh Saleh stressed the high price children pay when their parents divorce, including behavioral disorders, depression, addiction and low school performance.
. . .

A study conducted by Dr. Ebtisam Halawani at King Abdul Aziz University revealed that the main reason most women left their spouses was ill-treatment and violence. Most divorces occur during the first three years of marriage, the study said.

Polygamy, according to Abdullah Al-Fawzan, a professor and sociologist at King Saud University in Riyadh, is responsible for up to 55 percent of divorces. He added that the loss of trust, sincerity, compassion and cooperation were also factors in the failure of marriages.

The involvement of husbands in illicit relationships is a factor according to 38 percent of divorcees. Since few couples can get to know each other before getting married, the incompatibility and misunderstanding that can arise as a result often lead to separation, Professor Fawzan added.

According to the Ministry of Planning, 70,000 marriages and 13, 000 divorces were recorded last year. In Riyadh, there were 3, 000 divorces out of 8,500 marriages that took place in 2002.

Makkah had the largest number of divorcees (396, 248), followed by Riyadh (327, 427), the Eastern Province (228, 093), and Asir (130, 812).

If the trend continues, there will be eight million single women in the Kingdom by the end of the decade, according to Dr. Ebtisam Halawani’s study.[10]
October 2003
According to a report published last week in a local daily, a wedding hall in Madinah wanted to have a party to celebrate the weddings that had taken place in the hall over the previous two years. What they discovered was that half of the weddings had already ended in divorce.

The report also said that some of the divorces had taken place during the first year which apparently means the marriage lasted only a few months. A poll taken in 2008 showed that in the past 20 years, the divorce rate in Saudi Arabia rose from 25 to 60 percent.[11]
February 2010

The number of divorces is increasing, with nearly 62 percent of marriages ending in divorce.

Most Saudi women who got their divorce in the year 2008 were aged between 30 and 34, Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper said, citing an official report released by the Department of General Statistics and Information.

The daily said 25,403 Saudi women between 30 and 34 years of age were divorced in 2008, followed by 21,430 women aged between 35 and 39.

The report put the total number of Saudi women who got divorce that year at 128,090, the newspaper said.

The report also revealed that the majority of 14,589 Saudi men who divorced their wives in 2008 were aged between 40 and 44. It said 63,616 Saudi men aged between 35 and 80 years remain single, and 31,678 of them were aged between 35 and 39 years.

More than 2,000 men in their 70s or 80s have never got married, according to the report.

Earlier studies indicated that by 2015, Saudi Arabia will have at least 5 million spinsters.

The number of divorces is increasing in the Kingdom, with nearly 62 percent of marriages ending in divorce.[12]
March 2011

Divorce rates spike during the Eid and holiday break.

Family consultants claim divorce rates tend to spike during the Eid and holiday break but ruled out the possibility that arguments over Eid expenses were solely to blame.

Marriage consultant Muhammad Al-Ahmadi told Arab News there were various other reasons for divorce, the most important of which of course was the financial circumstances of the couple.

"Differences leading to divorce can easily happen over petty things, such as visits to relatives, travel during the Eid holidays, the type of food served on the occasion and whether to let children to go out to play," he said.

There have been some comical stories about Eid divorces. A local newspaper reported that a man divorced his two wives because they insisted that he buy them new clothes for the occasion. It reported another man divorced his wife because she refused to go with him to visit his sister and insisted on going to her mother instead.

However, a survey of couples conducted by Al-Mawadah Center for Family Consultancy did not entirely blame Eid expenses for family breakdowns. According to the survey, half of respondents did not believe that differences over Eid expenses were the main cause for divorce.

About 63 percent did not believe that Eid was an occasion to further strengthen family ties while 37 percent did.

A third approved of marriages during Eid, while 27 percent did not.

A recent report released by the Ministry of Justice said there were 9,233 divorces in Saudi Arabia in 2010. It revealed Makkah region topped all other regions with 2,518 divorce cases (27 percent of total divorces). The Eastern Province was second with 1,970 divorces and Madinah province occupied third place with 1,198 divorces.[13]
September 2011


Divorces in Muslim families in Singapore have been considerably higher than divorces in non-Muslim families.

In 2010, 14.7 percent of all Muslim men divorcing had been divorced before, compared to only 3.9 percent of non-Muslims.[14]
March 2012


Exact figures for divorce may be non-existent in Syria, but there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest the country’s divorce rate is on the rise, mirroring a similar trend throughout the Arab world.[15]
January 2009


The divorce rate in Tunisia is recently, at least in the bigger cities, up to around 50%. Often, it is the woman, who files for a divorce (which is, in Tunisia, allowed by law for women as well). The main reasons of divorce in Tunisia are spousal violence, alcohol and drug abuse and adultery.

However, a divorce has massive drawbacks for the woman, which, in many cases, will prevent her from seeking a divorce.

There is, for example, after a divorce no alimony, if the woman is childless.

For children, however, even when the mother obtains the custody (which is common in Tunisia), the father keeps the right of determining the residence of the children.[16]


According to the Prime Ministry Family Research Council, the divorce rate in Turkey is rising rapidly, posting a 40 percent increase in the last decade and affecting 1.5 million people in the same period.

There are also striking differences in the pattern of divorce cases developing as well. For example, divorce rates in the eastern and southeastern Anatolia regions increased for the first time in history according to the data provided by the government. In contrast to the 1980s and ‘90s, during which divorcees vied with each other over child custody, the newly divorced now don’t want the responsibility of looking after their children.[17]
October 2010

United Arab Emirates

Latest statistics show that the divorce rate in the UAE stands at 46 per cent[18]
October 2007

United States

In terms of divorce within the North American Muslim community, the last study conducted about this was in the early 1990s by the late New York-based sociologist Ilyas Ba-Yunus. According to his research, the continental Muslim divorce rate stood at 31.14 percent
. . .

Today, that rate seems to be increasing.

“Divorce is on the rise in the Muslim community,” said Imam Mohamed Magid, vice president of the Islamic Society of North America, and Imam and executive director of the Dulles, Virginia based All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center. “We have seen an increase in divorce from people married for a while and those married for a short time,” he said, adding that Muslims across the board are getting divorced in higher numbers. “It is not among a particular race or ethnic background or class or only among the religious or non-religious.”[19]
August 2009



World Gender Gap Worst in Islamic Nations

The 2009 report by the World Economic Forum has listed predominantly Islamic nations in the bottom of their annual Global Gender Gap (GGG) Index.....The only nation not predominantly Islamic in the bottom of the Global Gender Gap index was Benin.

In addition, the 2009 World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Index report does not include rankings on a number of significant and predominantly Islamic nations where women are oppressed. Somalia (population of nearly 10 million) was not included in the index. Endless numbers of reports of the stonings and Islamic supremacist abuses of women have been reported in Somalia in the past year, including the stoning to death of a 13 year old girl based on “Sharia law” in October 2008. Sudan (population of nearly 41 million) was also not included in the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Index. Among other nations, Afghanistan (29 million) and Iraq (29 million) are also not included in this Global Gender Gap Index. With the index not reporting on these 109 million, the desperate fate of an estimated 50 plus million women are not included in this Global Gender Gap index report.

Even with these significant exclusions from the Global Gender Gap index report, the bottom 10 index nations (excluding Benin), which are all predominantly Islamic nations, represent a population of over half a billion individuals.....If women represent half of the population in these nations, then these bottom 10 predominantly Islamic nations demonstrate the ongoing oppression of an estimated 250 million women.

Global Gender Gap index-table-a.jpg

In addition, if some other predominantly Islamic nations in the bottom of the Global Gender Gap index are also added to these totals, the global image of the correlated oppression of women further expands dramatically. (Again, this is without such nations as Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., which were not included in the GGG index report analysis.)

If nine additional such nations in the GGG index are added, the total population impacted doubles from half a billion to over 1 billion.....If women represent half of the population in these nations, then these bottom ranked, predominantly Islamic nations demonstrate the ongoing oppression of an estimated 500 million women.

Global Gender Gap index-table-b.jpg
All of the predominantly Islamic nations referenced in these calculations are members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The OIC rejects the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and has created its own version of a human rights document, “the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights” that stipulates that “All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shari’a” and that “The Islamic Shari’a is the only source of reference for the explanation or clarification to any of the articles of this Declaration.” Human rights group Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) has protested U.S.-funded NGO’s working in “engagement” with the OIC without challenging this rejection of universal human rights. On October 26, 2009, the U.S. State Department’s 2009 Religious Freedom report was critical of the efforts of the OIC to undermine human freedoms.[20]
October, 2009

The Global Gender Gap report for 2011 found all five countries which scored lowest to be Muslim majorities.[21]

The Global Gender Gap 2011.JPG

Fight for rights: Worst places to be female


Rated the worst of 135 countries for women by the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report 2011. With limited access to education, Yemeni women take only two per cent of skilled jobs. Around 14 per cent of girls are married before the age of 15, and some are forced to marry as young as eight, Human Rights Watch says.


Three times as many men are enrolled at university as women in the central African country, one of the poorest nations in the world. From 2005-11, Chad closed only 52 per cent of its gender pay gap – the lowest out of all countries surveyed.


Women have greater than average political empowerment in Pakistan (which came one place above the UK in the ratings), but health, education and economic participation are areas of inequality. The nation's labour force is made up of four times as many men as women.


Women are treated as second-class citizens in Mali, where more than half are married by the time they are 18 and 69 per cent of women aged 15 to 24 are illiterate, according to Unicef. Under the new Family Code law adopted this year, which had been heralded as a step forward, women's rights have been set back to the original 1962 Bill, which rules a woman must obey her husband.[22]
May, 2012

The Global Gender Gap report for 2012 found all ten countries which scored lowest to be countries where Muslims are the majority or Islam is the largest religion.[23] Conversely, all ten countries which scored the highest are secular and/or devoutly Christian countries.[24]

World Gender Gap 2012 top 10.jpg
World Gender Gap 2012 bottom 10.jpg

The Global Gender Gap report for 2013 shows that the 10 lowest scoring countries are all Muslim majority or Islam is the largest religion, and 14 of the 15 lowest scoring countries are all Muslims majority or Islam is the largest religion. Conversely, all 15 countries which scored the highest are secular and/or devoutly Christian countries.[25]

GG Index 2013.jpg


The post-Mubarak political reality for women also has deteriorated. They have lost political ground in the 16 months since Mubarak's ouster - even winning fewer seats in parliament in the first free and fair elections in decades. The 508-member parliament has only eight female legislators, a sharp drop from the more than 60 in the 2010 parliament thanks to a Mubarak-era quota. Women's rights groups also fear the growing power of Islamist groups will lead to new restrictions.[26]
June, 2012

Saudi Arabia

A poll in the Saudi Dar al-Hayat newspaper found that 41% of readers don't think women should work as cashiers, while a further 20% were in favour but only with additional "conditions".

Daralhayat poll on women cashiers.png

(Text reads): Do you support women working as cashiers in stores?

Yes: 39%
No: 41%
With conditions: 20%
Number of votes: 2,104[27]
March, 2011

Female Genital Mutilation


At least 50 women who have undergone painful and illegal female circumcision have been treated at two Sydney hospitals in the past year.[28]
November, 2006


Somalia is a deeply traditional place, where 98 percent of girls are subject to genital cutting, according to United Nations figures.[29]
December, 2011

United Kingdom

In October 2007, FORWARD published 'A Statistical Study to Estimate the Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in England and Wales'.

The study revealed that over 20,000 girls could be at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK.

Funded by the Department of Health and in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Department of Midwifery, City University, the study reveals that nearly 66,000 women with FGM are living in England and Wales (2001) and that there are nearly 16,000 girls under the age of 15 at high risk of WHO Type III FGM and over 5,000 at high risk of WHO Type I or Type II.[30]
October, 2007
Some 500 to 2,000 British schoolgirls will be genitally mutilated over the summer holidays. Some will be taken abroad, others will be "cut" or circumcised and sewn closed here in the UK by women already living here or who are flown in and brought to "cutting parties" for a few girls at a time in a cost-saving exercise.[31]
July, 2010

Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation

From the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 2005[32]

Country Nation Prevalence % of FGM
Benin 17
Burkina Faso 77
Central African Republic 36
Chad 45
Côte d’Ivoire 45
Egypt 97
Eritrea 89
Ethiopia 80
Ghana 5
Guinea 99
Kenya 32
Mali 92
Mauritania 71
Niger 5
Nigeria 19
Sudan 90
Tanzania 18
Yemen 23

Verbal, Physical or Sexual abuse

Arab World

According to a study by the Foreign Nepali Workers Rescue Center (FNWRC), about 90 per cent of all Nepali migrant women are victims of sexual violence and exploitation. The worst cases are in Arab countries where female migrant workers are routinely raped, beaten and not paid. For this reason, the Nepali government limited emigration to the Middle East between 1998 and 2010.

Still, every year, 83,000 Nepal migrant women leave the country in search for work. Most go to the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, where job opportunities are better.

Arab states are destination of most illegal workers. Out of 67,000 in the Middle East in 2006, only 3,000 had the right papers and a valid contract.[33]
September, 2011

South Mediterranean Region

Violence against women in the home is the main emergency needed to be tackled by the Mediterranean's southern shores. The phenomenon affects between 40% and 75% of married women, who suffer mainly at the hands of their husbands. This is the glaring figure contained in a study carried out by the Euromed Gender Equality Programme (EGEP), which has been presented at a conference held in Brussels. The 'Programme to enhance quality between men and women in the Euromed Region', which is financed by the European Union as part of neighbourhood policy, focussed on nine partner countries between 2008 and 2011: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Syria and Tunisia.[34]


Nearly 90 percent of Afghan women suffer from domestic abuse, according to the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Despite that, there are less than a dozen shelters like this one in Afghanistan, usually run by non-governmental organizations. Abusers are rarely prosecuted or convicted, and most women are afraid to say anything. "Their mothers are beaten by their fathers. They're beaten by their fathers, by their brothers. It's a way of life," said Manizha Naderi, director of WAW.[35]
September, 2009
Afghan women's groups say self immolation is a sad part of life in Afghanistan. Young women often set fire to themselves using household fuel or cooking oil, in response to domestic violence or family disputes. Launching the awareness campaign, Afghanistan's acting health minister Dr Suray Dalil said that in the last year 22,000 burns cases were recorded in the country's hospitals. Of those, 2000 required in-patient treatment. Fabrizio Foschini is a political analyst with the Afghanistan Analyst Network, based in Kabul. He says the problem seems to be increasing.
. . .
The reason is they are having such a life that they cannot tolerate anymore all this kind of violence. So I believe that the main reason is this that we have a strong culture of impunity that gives woman no hope and no choice to go and ask for justice.[36]
September, 2011
Half of Afghanistan's women prisoners are inmates for "zina" or moral crimes.
. . .

Some of the women convicted of "zina" are guilty of nothing more than running away from forced marriages or violent husbands.

Human rights activists say hundreds of those behind bars are victims of domestic violence.[37]
November, 2011
According to figures in an Oxfam report in October, 87 percent of Afghan women report having experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage. The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission logged 1,026 cases of violence against women in the second quarter of 2011 compared with 2,700 cases for the whole of 2010.[38]
January, 2012


As many as 449 women committed suicide facing different forms of repression last year, according to a report of a women's rights organisation published yesterday. Of them, 27 took their lives due to stalking.

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad made the annual report on women repression based on stories published in 14 national dailies last year, a press release said.

A total of 6,616 women fell victim to repression across the country last year, says the report. Of them, 1,014 women were victims of stalking, 96 were killed after rape and 38 died after being set on fire. Moreover, 81 women were acid burnt while two of them died following the attacks.

Over 800 women were raped, of whom 165 were gang raped, as per the report.

Two hundred and eighty seven women faced sexual harassment in 2011. About 181 women and teenage girls were abducted while 109 women and girl children fell victim to trafficking. Among the victims of trafficking, 45 were sold to brothels, the report says.

At least 330 women were killed for failing to give dowry while 55 teenage house helps died in different incidents of torture across the country. Also, 68 women were tortured in the name of fatwa (religious edict), and 75 fell victim to child marriage.[39]
January, 2012


Between the year 2002 and 2003, The Association of Legal Aid for Women, (CWELA) began compiling and analyzing press coverage of 20 daily newspapers and weekly magazines that dealt with domestic violence in Egypt.

CEWLA’s report also showed that the perpetrators of violence were males in 75 percent of the cases and women represented 25 percent. The perpetrators were the husbands (52 percent), the fathers (10 percent), brothers (10 percent), the mothers (four percent) the rest were the sons, relatives of the husband or of the wife, the step father or the step mother. The types of violence were murder (76 percent), attempt to murder (5 percent), battering (18 percent), kidnapping 2.5 percent and the rest were different types such as burning property, forcing women to sign checks and become guarantors of men, accusation of insanity, etc.

The report indicated that causes of violence were honor crimes (42 percent), leaving the house without the husband’s approval (7.5 percent), wives asking for divorce (3 percent).[40]
February, 2012


A survey conducted in France in May 2003 found that 77 percent of girls wearing the hijab said they did so because of physical threats from Islamist groups. A series in the newspaper Liberation in 2003 documented how Muslim women and girls in France who refuse to wear the hijab are insulted, rejected and often physically threatened by Muslim males. Muslim women who try to rebel are considered "whores" and treated as outcasts.[41]
February, 2010


[According to annual report of the German police] The representatives of this ethnic group stood out as part of those involved in sex crimes in Germany - 34.9% of rapes and other similar crimes accounted for Turks only.[42]
February, 2012


Statistics in Iran show that 66% of Iranian women, at the beginning of the marriage have been at least physically abused once. Some forms of physical abuse that occur include: biting, bondage, imprisonment in their own home, scratching, hair pulling, and even starving.[43]
February, 2006


A recent report by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) registered 139 cases of violence against women in the northern region of Kurdistan in the second half of 2008 alone. It said 163 women were killed as a result of domestic violence in Kurdistan in 2009. Experts suggest the number is less than 5 percent of the real estimates.[44]
May, 2009
One in five Iraqi women is subjected to either physical or psychological abuse, often inflicted by family members, Minister of State for Women’s Rights Ibtihal al-Zaidi said on Saturday.

One-fifth of Iraqi women are subjected to two types of violence, physical and psychological, constituting a very serious danger to the family and society,” Zaidi said at a conference dedicated to fighting violence against women.
. . .

The overall level of violence in Iraq has declined since its peak in 2006-2007, but women still remain victims of violence, trafficking, forced marriage at a young age, and kidnapping for confessional or criminal reasons, according to non-governmental organizations.[45]
November, 2011
Sundus Abbas, who heads the Women’s Leadership Institute, a rights group with branches in seven Iraqi provinces, says the true figure for women who face sexual and domestic abuse is as high as 73 percent.[46]
March, 2012


According to the [National Family Council] report:
83% of Jordanian women approve of wife beating if the woman cheats on her husband
60% approve of wife beating in cases where the wife burns a meal she's cooking
52% approve of wife beating in case where she's refused to follow the husband’s orders[47]
April, 2005
91% of university students polled by the Jordanian Human Right Center approve of wife beating. An earlier study by another organization found out that a majority of WOMEN also supports the right of a husband to beat the wife[48]
May, 2006


“Despite all efforts, violence against women is still widespread,” she [Morocco’s Social Development Minister Bassima Hakkaoui, the only female minister in the country] said at the opening of a regional conference on the subject. “Violence against wives represents 50 percent of all attacks against women.”

According to statistics from her ministry, 6 million women in Morocco are victims of violence, or around one in three.[49]
October, 2012


Oslo is the capital of Norway. In 2010, its non-Western immigrant population was made up of Pakistanis (21,195), Somalis (11,542), Sri Lankans (7,214), Vietnamese (5,573), Turks (5,987), Moroccans (5,848), and Iraqis (6,831).[50] And in 2009, 11% of its population were Muslim.[51]

Every single rape assault between 2005-2010, where the rapist could be identified, was commited by a non-Western foreigner.

According to domestic violence coordinator Stein Erik Olsen, families with different ethnic backgrounds are over-represented in the domestic violence statistics.

Nettavisen had intended to write an article about the Norwegian Christmas holiday, Christmas dinners, Christmas beer, Christmas Aquavit and Christmas brawls in Norwegian households.

The hypothesis was that the number of incidences of domestic violence would increase when people have time off and when they consume more alcohol.

That’s not the case in Oslo. According to the domestic violence coordinator and assistant police chief Stein Erik Olsen the ‘Norwegian Christmas violence theory’ is simply a myth, on par with the myth that more burglaries are committed during holidays.

70 percent of domestic violence cases involve families with a different ethnic background. The cultures concerned don’t touch alcohol and they don’t celebrate Christmas.”

And he adds:

“Our experience from Stovner [immigrant suburb of Oslo] is that the number of domestic violence cases declines during Ramadan.”

Olsen doesn’t wish to speculate why that is the case.
. . .

The number of domestic violence cases reported has increased from 633 in 2008 to 932 as of December 1, 2011.[52]
December, 2011


A study published in June 2006 in the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, based on interviews with 300 women admitted to hospital for childbirth, said 80 percent reported being subjected to some kind of abuse within marriage. At times, the violence inflicted on women takes on truly horrendous forms. The Islamabad-based Progressive Women's Association (PWA), headed by Shahnaz Bukhari, believes up to 4,000 women are burnt each year, almost always by husbands or in-laws, often as “punishment” for minor “offences” or for failure to bring in a sufficient dowry. The PWA said it had collected details of nearly 8,000 such victims from March 1994 to March 2007, from three hospitals in the Rawalpindi-Islamabad area alone..[53]
June, 2006
The number of incidents of violence against women increased by 13 per cent in 2009, says a report by the Aurat Foundation set to be released on Wednesday. The report states that 8,548 incidents of violence against women were reported in 2009 compared to 7,571 incidents reported in 2008. Of these, 5,722 were reported to have occurred in Punjab, followed by 1,762 in Sindh, 655 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and 237 in Balochistan. Similarly, 172 cases of violence against women were reported in Islamabad, the report said.[54]
In Pakistan, it is reported that three out of four women in prison under its Hudud laws [these are the laws of what it forbidden and permitted by Allah himself], are rape victims. Because rape is equated with zina [unlawful sexual intercourse] under Hudud law, rape victims are required to produce four pious male witnesses. It is of course nearly impossible for the rape victims to produce the four male witnesses required to prove their allegation. Therefore their police report of rape was taken as a confession of illicit sex on their part and they were duly found guilty.[55]
Fifty percent of women in Pakistan’s urban areas admit that their husbands beat them, a 2009 US State Department report on Pakistan has revealed.

In 2009, efforts were in progress to come out with a new domestic violence law in Pakistan. A private bill on domestic violence had been passed in the National Assembly in 2009, which required approval by the Pakistani Senate.

However, the Council of Islamic Ideology’s (CII) warning that a law against domestic violence will ‘push up divorce rates’ coupled with Mohammad Khan Sheerani’s objections (of the JUI-F), led to a deferment of the hearing in the Senate. Since then the government has not paid much attention to the matter and the bill has lapsed, The Express Tribune reports.[56]
March, 2012

Palestinian Authority area

Launched in January 1999, the [Women's Empowerment] project first established a research team, trained by Dr Abdo, which in turn began training community leaders on gender-based research methods. They have used these skills to interview a representative sample of 120 women from refugee camps, villages, and cities in the Gaza Strip to determine the incidence of gender-based violence. The preliminary results are alarming: half of the women interviewed to date have been victims of violence.

"Violence against women in Gaza basically means domestic violence," says research consultant Aitemad Muhanna. "Women are beaten by their husbands, beaten by their fathers, and even beaten by their brothers." Women are beaten for not fulfilling traditional roles — such as cooking, cleaning, or tending to their appearance — to a husband's satisfaction. Other abuses include harsh insults, sexual abuse among family, and marital rape.[57]


One in three wives in Qatar suffer physical or psychological violence from the side of their husband[9]
February, 2012


In the past two months, from Mogadishu alone, the United Nations says it has received more than 2,500 reports of gender-based violence, an unusually large number here.[29]
December, 2011


London-based Refugee Workers Association Woman’s Group (GIK-DER) revealed disturbing news last week that up to 80% Turkish and Kurdish women are victims of domestic violence and sexual harassment. At the same time 70% of Turkish and Kurdish husbands cheat on their wives.[58]
November, 2006
According to a government study titled “Research on Domestic Violence against Women in Turkey,” 41.9 percent of Turkish women are subjected to physical and sexual violence. Women at a “low-income level” are assaulted at a rate of 49.9 percent, while the number for higher-income women is still high, at 28.7 percent.

Some 55.8 percent of women who have no education or have not finished primary education are subjected to violence, while 27.2 percent of women with at least a high school diploma or higher are the victims, the study said.

Some 48.5 percent of women experience some form of violence but do not disclose their victimization, the study said, adding that women with a lower income (54.1 percent) were more likely to stay silent about being assaulted than women with more education (37.5 percent).

Some 23.4 percent of women have been forced by men to quit their jobs or have been prevented from working; in the lower-income category, this figure is 21.5 percent while it is 21.2 percent for those with higher incomes.

Altogether, 33.7 percent of women said they considered suicide as a solution to their problems. For those with less education, this number is 34.1 percent, while 37.6 of higher educated women have also considered taking their own lives.[59]
February, 2011
According to a report by UN Women released in early July of last year, Turkey tops Europe and the US in the number of incidences of violence against women. Official statistics reveal that four out of 10 women in Turkey are beaten by their husbands.[60]
March, 2012
Violence against women increased one-and-a-half times between 2008 and 2011, according to the sub-commission's report. In 2008, Turkey witnessed 48,000 incidents of gender-based violence; that figure jumped to 80,398 in 2011.[61]
May, 2012
The number of women [between the ages of 15 and 44] who die due to gender-based violence surpasses the number of women who lose their lives due to cancer, traffic accidents, wars and malaria, revealed a study by the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policy.[62]
August, 2012

Sexual Harassment


According to a survey conducted in 2008 by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, 83 percent of native Egyptian women and 98 percent of women visiting from abroad have experienced some form of public sexual harassment . More than half the Egyptian women reported being molested every day. And contrary to popular belief, most of the victims of this "social cancer," as the Center called it, were wearing modest Islamic dress. Not all sexual harassment is physical -- besides groping women's bodies, grabbing at their clothing, and indecent exposure, it can also include blatant ogling, sexual catcalls, and stalking.[63]
A 2008 survey by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights found that 83 percent of Egyptian women and 98 percent of foreign women living in Cairo said they had been harassed in some way -- and 62 percent of men admitted to harassing.[64]
The Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights (ECWR) describes the problem as a social cancer and calls on the government to introduce legislation to curb it.

The findings contradict the widely held belief in Egypt that unveiled women are more likely to suffer harassment than veiled ones.

Participants in the survey were shown pictures of women wearing different kinds of dress - from the mini skirt to the niqab (full face veil) and asked which were more likely to be harassed.

More than 60% - including female respondents - suggested the scantily clad woman was most at risk. But in reality the study concluded the majority of the victims of harassment were modestly dressed women wearing Islamic headscarves.

ECWR head Nihad Abu El-Qoumsan said that even veiled women who were victims of harassment blamed themselves.

Western women who took part in the study demonstrated a strong belief in their entitlement to personal safety and freedom of movement, she says, but this was totally absent among Egyptian respondents.

No-one spoke about freedom of choice, freedom of movement or the right to legal protection. No-one showed any awareness that the harasser was a criminal, regardless of what clothes the victim was wearing.
. . .

The British foreign office says Egypt is one of the countries with the highest number of cases reported to embassy staff regarding sexual offences against visiting women.[65]
According to studies conducted by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Right (ECWR) in 2008, 98 percent of foreign women and 83 percent of Egyptian women surveyed had experienced sexual harassment in Egypt. Meanwhile, 62 percent of Egyptian men confessed to harassing women and 53 percent of Egyptian men faulted women for “bringing it on.”[66]
Now sexual harassment is no stranger to the experience of being a female in Egypt; in fact it became a fundamental element of being outdoors. Last week, the National Council for Women (NCW) said that Egyptian women get harassed 7 times every 200 meters, and a 2008 report by the Egyptian Center for Women Rights found that well over two-thirds of Egyptian women are harassed on daily basis. Even activists who protest the grotesque practice are also harassed, defying logic.[67]
September, 2012


The sexual harassment of women belonging to minorities by Muslims is pandemic:

Around 74 percent of Pakistani women from minority communities -- Christians and Hindus -- were sexually harassed, while 43 percent faced religious discrimination at workplaces in 2010 and 2011, a study said.[68]
March, 2012

Saudi Arabia

Up to 70% of files exchanged between Saudi teenagers' mobile phones contain pornography, according to a study in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom.

The study quoted in Arab News focussed on the phones of teenagers detained by religious police for harassing girls.

The same researcher also found that 88% of girls say they have been victims of harassment using Bluetooth technology.[69]
April, 2007

Depression & Suicide


A recent research in Afghanistan shows that the number of women committing suicide in the country has been increasing.
. . .

The advisor of the president of Afghanistan in health matters estimates that each year 2300 Afghan women and girls, aged between 15 to 40 years who suffer from depression, commit suicide.

Mr. Kakkar said that on the basis of the above information the rate of suicide among women is 5 out of every 100,000.[70]
July, 2010
While speaking at a press conference in Kabul he [Faiz Mohammad Kakkar, the advisor of the president of Afghanistan in healthcare matters] said that presently the number of women with acute depression in Afghanistan is 28% (nearly 2 million people) of the population of the country.
. . .
In 2008 the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan had estimated that two-thirds of the Afghan population suffered from mental illnesses.[70]
July, 2010


Officials are alarmed by what they describe as a worsening epidemic of suicides, particularly among young women tormented by being forced to marry too young, to someone they do not love.

While reliable statistics on anything are hard to come by in Iraq, officials say there have been as many as 50 suicides this year in this city of 350,000 — at least double the rate in the United States — compared with 80 all of last year. The most common methods among women are self-immolation and gunshots.

Among the many explanations given, like poverty and madness, one is offered most frequently: access to the Internet and to satellite television, which came after the start of the war. This has given young women glimpses of a better life, unencumbered by the traditions that have constricted women for centuries to a life of obedience and child-rearing, one devoid of romance.[71]
June, 2012

Previous Previous - Terrorism            Miscellaneous‎ - Next Next


  1. The world’s five most dangerous countries for women: A Thomson Reuters Foundation global poll of experts - June 15, 2011
  2. Mehdi Baghernejad, "Iran Worries About Soaring Divorce Rate", Mianeh, April 18, 2010 (archived), http://www.payvand.com/news/10/apr/1174.html. 
  3. Rena Sadeghi, "Divorce Rate In Kuwait 50pc ... And Rising", Arab Times, November 1, 2013 (archived), http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/148570/reftab/96/Default.aspx. 
  4. Joanne - Stemming the 'I divorce you' trend - International Campaign Against Honour Killings, November 6, 2006
  5. Ian MacKinnon - 'Obedient Wife Club' set up to curb divorce - The Telegraph, June 3, 2011
  6. Highest divorce rate - Guinness World Records, accessed January 5, 2013
  7. "Nigeria Child Brides-Broken Lives", Times Online, November 28, 2008 (archived), http://www.wunrn.com/news/2008/11_08/11_24_08/112408_nigeria.htm. 
  8. Inam Rao, "Divorce rates climb", Pakistan Today, June 26, 2011 (archived), http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/06/26/city/lahore/divorce-rates-climb/. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Qatar: divorce peak caused by women, survey - ANSAmed, February 23, 2012
  10. Somayya Jabarti - Alarming Divorce Rate ‘Must Be Addressed Urgently’ - Arab News, October 24, 2003
  11. Laura Bashraheel, "Divorce on the rise in the Kingdom", Arab News, February 7, 2010 (archived), http://www.arabnews.com/node/334060. 
  12. Divorce rate high among women in their 30s - Arab News, March 4, 2011
  13. MD Humaidan, "Divorces spike during summer break, Eid holiday", Arab News, September 7, 2011 (archived), http://www.arabnews.com/node/390220?quicktabs_stat2=1. 
  14. Liz Leslie, "Divorce Rates Higher In Muslim Community In Singapore", Muslim Voices, March 28, 2012 (archived), http://muslimvoices.org/divorce-rates-higher-muslim-community-singapore/. 
  15. Anna Jozwik, "Breaking the Bonds That Bind", Syria Today, January 2009 (archived from the original), http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=https%3A%2F%2Fweb.archive.org%2Fweb%2F20101201054018%2Fhttp%3A%2F%2Fsyria-today.com%2Findex.php%2Fjanuary-2009%2F105-society%2F368-breaking-the-bonds-that-bind-&date=2013-11-01. 
  16. "Marriage and Divorce in Tunisia, Cohabitation", TunisPro, accessed November 1, 2013 (archived), http://www.tunispro.net/tunisia/marriage-in-tunisia.htm. 
  17. Ercan Yavuz, "Prime Ministry survey: Divorce rate on rise in Turkey", TodaysZaman, October 25, 2010 (archived), http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?load=detay&link=225359. 
  18. Najla Al Awadhi, "Divorce and its impact on the UAE society", Al Arabiya, October 1, 2007 (archived), http://www.alarabiya.net/views/2007/10/01/39790.html. 
  19. Samana Siddiqui, "Divorce among American Muslims: Statistics, Challenges & Solutions", Sound Vision, August 7, 2009 (archived), http://www.soundvision.com/info/marriage/conflict/muslimdivorcestats.asp. 
  20. World Gender Gap Worst in Islamic Nations — Survey Shows Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Egypt, Turkey at Bottom of List - R.E.A.L. Organization, October 28, 2009
  21. Ricardo Hausmann, Laura D. Tyson, Saadia Zahidi - The Global Gender Gap Report 2011: Rankings and Scores - World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland 2011
  22. Guy Adams - Manal al-Sharif: 'They just messed with the wrong woman' - The Independent, May 23, 2012
  23. The only country not to have a Muslim majority is Côte d'Ivoire. According to Côte d'Ivoire's Wikipedia page, 38.6% follow Islam, 32.8% follow Christianity. Thus Islam is its largest religion (ref: "Côte d'Ivoire", The World Factbook, CIA Directorate of Intelligence, 24 July 2008).
  24. Ricardo Hausmann, Laura D. Tyson, Saadia Zahidi - The Global Gender Gap Report 2012 - World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2012
  25. Ricardo Hausmann, Laura D. Tyson, "The Global Gender Gap Report 2013", World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, pp. 8-10, 2013 (archived), http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GenderGap_Report_2013.pdf. 
  26. Sarah El Deeb - Alarming assaults on women in Egypt's Tahrir - Associated Press, June 6, 2012
  27. Dar al-Hayat, 19 March 2011 (translated by Al Mutarjim)
  28. Girls mutilated for 'tradition' - (originally) The Sunday Telegraph, November 5, 2006
  29. 29.0 29.1 Jeffrey Gettleman - For Somali Women, Pain of Being a Spoil of War - The New York Times, December 27, 2011
  30. FMG Research - FOWARD, accessed on August 28, 2010
  31. Tracy McVeigh and Tara Sutton - British girls undergo horror of genital mutilation despite tough laws - The Observer, July 25, 2010
  33. Nepali migrant women victims of abuse and exploitation - AsiaNews, September 16, 2011
  34. Mediterranean: EU Study, Domestic Violence Between 40%, 75% - ANSAmed, May 9, 2011
  35. Atia Abawi - Afghan women hiding for their lives - CNN, September 24, 2009
  36. Afghan govt launches campaign against self-immolation - ABC Radio Australia, September 8, 2011
  37. Orla Guerin - EU censors own film on Afghan women prisoners - BBC News, November 10, 2011
  38. Tortured Afghan child bride slowly recovering - AFP, January 12, 2012
  39. Over 6,000 women repressed last year - The Daily Star, January 3, 2012
  40. Manar Ammar - Two honor killings hit Egypt’s Alexandria - Bikya Masr, February 26, 2012
  41. Olivier Guitta, "Opinion: Why France is right about the burqa", GlobalPost, February 26, 2010 (archived), http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/100225/france-burqa-ban-human-rights?page=0,1. 
  42. Tatevik Hayrapetyan - Turkish drug mafia conquers Europe - NEWS.am, February 16, 2012
  43. Maryam Nayeb-Yazdi - The violence that may never end - Iranian.com, February 15, 2006
  44. Afif Sarhan - Iraq’s Domestic Violence Plight - Islam Online, May 31, 2009
  45. One in five Iraqi women subjected to abuse - AFP, November 26, 2011
  46. Yara Bayoumy & Aseel Kami - ‘Honor killings’ require tougher laws, say Iraqi women - Reuters, March 6, 2012
  47. Natasha Tynes - Disturbing report on wife beating in Jordan - Mental Mayhem, April 10, 2005
  48. All together now: YES for wife beatings! - 360 East, May 7, 2006
  49. Brianna Taylor - Morocco women struggle against violence from husbands - Bikya Masr, October 7, 2012
  50. 10 Innvandrere og norskfødte med innvandrerforeldre, etter landbakgrunn (de 20 største gruppene). Utvalgte kommuner. 1.januar 2010
  51. Mellom 4 og 11 prosent muslimer i 2060 - nyheter - Dagbladet.no, April 15, 2009
  52. Ethnics account for 70 percent of family violence in Oslo - Kjetil Mæland, Nettavisen, December 8, 2011 (English translation)
  53. PAKISTAN: Domestic violence endemic, but awareness slowly rising - The Advocates, March 11, 2008
  54. Violence against women rises by 13% Violence against women rises by 13% - The Express Tribune, June 29, 2010.
  55. Rape, Zina and Incest - MuslimAccess, accessed July 14, 2011
  56. ‘50% Pakistan urban women get beaten by their husbands’ - ANI, March 17, 2012
  57. Doug Alexander - Addressing Violence Against Palestinian Women - The International Development Research Centre, June 23, 2000
  58. http://www.toplumpostasi.net/index.php/cat/9/news/9633/PageName/English
  59. Murder a fact of life for women in Turkey - Hurriyet Daily News, February 20, 2011
  60. Yonca Poyraz Doğan - Women's groups outraged by Cabinet's drastic changes to violence bill draft - Today's Zaman, March 1, 2012
  61. Gender-based violence nearly doubles in 3 years, report says - Today's Zaman, May 7, 2012
  62. Gender-based violence leading cause of death for women aged 15-44 - Today's Zaman, August 10, 2012
  63. Jeff Jacoby - Lara Logan and Egyptian Liberation - Townhall, February 21, 2011
  64. Maggie Hyde - Harrasmap: A counter to web of women’s harassment - Associated Press, October 25, 2010
  65. Magdi Abdelhadi - Egypt's sexual harassment 'cancer' - BBC News, July 18, 2008
  66. Desmond Shephard - Foreign woman stripped of clothes, assaulted, in Egypt’s Tahrir Square - Bikya Masr, January 25, 2012
  67. Manar Ammar - Sexual harassment awaits Egyptian girls outside schools - Bikya Masr, September 10, 2012
  68. Minority women in Pakistan face harassment: Study - IANS, March 16, 2012
  69. Porn dominates Saudi mobile use - BBC News, April 25, 2007
  70. 70.0 70.1 2300 Women and Girls Commit Suicide in Afghanistan Each Year - BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA), July 31, 2010
  71. Tim Arango - Where Arranged Marriages Are Customary, Suicides Grow More Common - The New York Times, June 6, 2012