Happy International Women's Day!


We've come a long way baby. But there's still a lot to be done.

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Thursday, 8 March 2012

Happy International Women's Day!


We've come a long way baby. But there's still a lot to be done.
  • Every minute, a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth, and another 20-30 suffer serious injury or disability.
  • Unmarried women in Saudi Arabia must remain under male guardianship.
  • Around 10% of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been raped, as part of warfare.
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM) is widespread, affecting up to 90% of girls in some countries.
  • Today, 1 in 3 women worldwide will be a victim of violence.
  • 60-70% of the world's poorest people are women.
  • 1 in 7 girls in developing countries are married before they are 15. Almost half are expected to be married by 20.
  • An estimated 60 million girls worldwide are sexually assaulted on their way to school each year, leading to less girls going to school, less education, and thus fewer opportunities.
  • Worldwide, nearly 50% of sexual assaults are against girls 15 and under.
  • The current US Congressional hearing about contraception lacked any female representation on the panel.
  • In the UK, 2 women are killed every week by their partner or former partner.

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