How Dare We?

Since International Women’s Travel Center fearlessly goes where other sites don’t go by specifically mentioning safety hazards by country, it’s only fair to say where we get our information and how we draw our conclusions.

Global Peace Index of 2015 – Measuring the State of Global Peace – Statistics and analyses according to each country’s level of violence or peacefulness using twenty-two indicators (including crime and homicide rates, violent demonstrations, military spending, etc.).  Excellent interactive maps.  Unfortunately, the GPI has not chosen to continue issuing reports that compile the useful relevant to women that they did in their 2014 report, so their information is dated to 2014 unless we are able to obtain raw data from them.

Government of Australia – Click on Smartraveller for country specific advice and warnings.  An excellent source that is regularly updated.

Government of Canada – Travel advice page offers warnings, advisories and news on each country.  An excellent source that is regularly updated.

Travel.State. Gov – A service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs –  Has statistics of how many Americans have died in various countries, the cause and the date. An excellent source that is regularly updated.

Travel.State.Gov – International Travel – Offers primers on travel safety in different countries.  An excellent source that is regularly updated.

Travel.State.Gov – Deaths — Publishes statistics about dead American travelers.

Tourists Killed — Provides global information about tourist deaths, robberies, arrests and scams.

Unicef – Has statistics for each country according to indicators like:  female death, female genital mutilation, rate, wife-beating, etc.  Sadly, their most recent information is from 2012 and some of it goes as far back as 2006, so their information is seriously dated at this point. Unfortunately, when it comes to large scale data collection, it’s one of the only sources.

United Kingdom Foreign Travel Advice – Offers advice by country as to specific hazards and level of danger.  An excellent source that is regularly updated.

United Nations Data – Re Intentional Homicides for each country. You can run data searches according to country, year, etc.

United Nations  Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) –  Good data that you can run reports on for crime prevention, criminal justice, human trafficking, sexual assault, rape and other topics.  Data is collected as of 2013, which is more current than most big organizations that collect data.

United Nations Organization of American States –  Publishes human trafficking, status of women, domestic violence, gender equality for research of status of women within countries rather than visiting women.

World Banks Gender Data Portal –  Comprehensive source for the latest data and statistics regarding gender. It includes demography, education, health, access to economic opportunities, public life and decision-making, and agency.

World Economic Form – Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015 –  Primarily commercially oriented and ranks countries by using a mix of publicly available data, travel and tourism data, experts and an annual survey of travel professionals.  It also publishes the Global Gender Gap Report 2015 in which it looks at 145 (out of about 200 countries) economies to see how women are doing.