- Of the 195 countries assessed, 89 (46 percent) were rated Free, 55 (28 percent) Partly Free, and 51 (26 percent) Not Free. All but one region had more countries with declines than with gains. Asia-Pacific had an even split.
- In a new and disquieting development, a number of countries lost ground due to state surveillance, restrictions on internet communications, and curbs on personal autonomy.
- Ratings for the Middle East and North Africa region were the worst in the world, followed by Eurasia. Syria, a dictatorship mired in civil war and ethnic division and facing uncontrolled terrorism, received the lowest Freedom in the World score of any country in over a decade.
- The Worst of the Worst countries are the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
THIS FREEDOM HOUSE WEBSITE PROVIDES AN INTERACTIVE MAP TO SEE RATED FREEDOM IN COUNTRIES.
Freedom has been defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance. But, we as women understand that true freedom must involve both the public and private spheres. When considering civic and political rights, economic, social, and cultural rights, women continue to advocate for their human rights and social justice. All these rights intersect with the many dimensions of women’s and girls’ lives, and which can be restrained by state restrictions on civil society, limitations on freedom of expression and media, and conflicts and war. In this complex and volatile world, dominated by patriarchy, political power, profit, and military strength, we women continue to bond and persevere, privately and publicly, for our freedom, empowerment, and rights.