We are used to the image of the average western woman as a confident and independent person, able to support herself.
She can go to boutiques, nightclubs, gyms, beauty salons and restaurants; get higher education, work in science and politics.
But there are still plenty of places in the world where being a woman is considered almost a curse. Here are the ten worst places to be a woman.
Even in wealthy countries, there are pockets of private pain where women are unprotected and under attack.
In spite of real progress in women’s rights around the globe – better laws, political participation, education and income – the bedrock problems that have dogged women for centuries remain.