A firefighter walked along a narrow ledge on the outside of the 15th floor of a building in Wuhu city, east China’s Anhui Province to save an apparently suicidal woman on Sunday. He tiptoed along the 10cm-wide ledge and grabbed the young woman from behind, before being assisted by other emergency services personnel on a nearby balcony in pulling her to safety.

China accounts for 26 percent of the world’s suicides. According to the World Bank and the World Health Organization, the country saw approximately 500 suicides by women per day in 2009. China is the only country in the world where female suicide rate is higher than male. Experts differ on the exact number – but between 25 and 40 percent more Chinese women kill themselves each year than men, according to estimates. In the UK, three quarters of all suicides are by men.

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