A new study reveals that persecution of Christian women worldwide has risen dramatically in the past year.
Open Doors International has found that forced marriages have increased by 16 percent and physical violence against women has increased 31 percent in the past 12 months.
The Australian Prayer Network says the report was first released three years ago to detail the plight of the globally-persecuted church and how it especially affects women.
Open Doors says women now face a higher potential risk of religious persecution than men.
Specialist Helene Fisher says the key reason why women face an increased threat, is because they have fewer rights in most of the top-50 countries where religious persecution is rife.
The key threats to women are forced marriage, sexual violence, physical violence, psychological violence and forced divorce.
They survey found that forced marriage is a pressure point in 90 percent of the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted.