Shabaz Gill lies about the Forbes’ article “20 Most Dangerous Places For Women”
By Areeba Fatima | 21 September 2021 | 6:30 PM
Claim: Forbes’ article does not consider Pakistan in the 20 Most Dangerous Places for Women.
Fact: Forbes’ article refers to a ranking of 50 Most Travelled countries in terms of most dangerous places for women, in which Pakistan is not considered due to lack of frequent tourists.
On 10 Sept, during renowned anchor Meher Bokhari’s talk-show on HUM News, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Shabaz Gil referenced a Forbes article, “20 Most Dangerous Places For Women”, and claimed that Pakistan’s name not being in the list is evidence for women’s safety in the country.
However, Basic Fact Check found this to be misleading. Pakistan was never mentioned in the list and hence never shows up in the ranking.
The Forbes’ article is titled “20 Most Dangerous Places For Women Travelers”. This article sources the ranking from Asher and Lyric Fergusson’s blog which charts a Women’s Danger Index for solo female travellers. This index is prepared in the context of fifty countries with the most number of international tourists. It is clear that Pakistan does not even make the list due to a relatively low influx of solo female travellers.
On YouTube, this claim was shared here, here, here, here, here, here and here, among others. Pakistan Frontier shared an article praising Gill for efforts in explaining how Pakistan is not an unsafe country for women, so did the Lahore Herald.
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By Areeba Fatima | 21 September 2021 | 6:30 PM Claim: Forbes’ article does not consider Pakistan in the 20 Most Dangerous Places for Women.…