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  1. Every 90 seconds, a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth. Most of these deaths are preventable, but due to gender-based discrimination many women are not given the proper education or care they need.
  2. As many as 1 in 4 women experience physical or sexual violence during pregnancy. Take a stand and collect cell phones to benefit domestic violence programs. Sign up for Cell Phones for Survivors.
  3. Women make up 80% of all refugees and displaced people. Instruments of genocide such as sexual violence and rape are often directed at women and girls.
  4. Women are seldom included in formal peace processes. Women are usually not represented among decision-makers and military leaders, the usual participants in these processes.
  5. Women gained the right to vote in America in 1920.

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  1. As of January 2012, women held 15.1% of all presiding officer posts in governments the world.
  2. More than 16.4 million women in the world have HIV/AIDS.
  3. The US government estimates that 600,000 to 800,000 victims (mostly women and children) are trafficked globally each year, and 14,500 to 17,500 are trafficked into the US.
  4. Women account for 70% of the population living in absolute poverty (on less than $1.00 a day).
  5. Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18.
  6. 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.

Sources

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    "Maternal Health is a Human Right." Amnesty International USA. http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/campaigns/demand-dignity/maternal-health-is-a-human-right (accessed July 25, 2014).

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    "UN Secretary-General's campaign: United to end the violence against women. "Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act."Ban Ki-moon, Secretary - General." UNiTE To End Violence Against Women. http://endviolence.un.org/situation.shtml (accessed July 25, 2014).

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    "Women, Peace and Security." Amnesty International USA. http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/women-s-rights/women-peace-and-security (accessed July 25, 2014).

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    Women, Peace and Security. New York: United Nations, 2002. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/public/eWPS.pdf

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    National Archives and Records Administration. "America's Historical Documents." National Archives and Records Administration. http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/document.html?doc=13&title.raw=19th+Amendment+to+the+U.S.+Constitution:+Women%27s+Right+to+Vote (accessed July 22, 2014).

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    Inter-Parliamentary Union. "Women in Parliament in 2011: The Year in Perspective." Inter-Parliamentary Union. http://www.ipu.org/pdf/publications/wmnpersp11-e.pdf (accessed July 25, 2014).

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    "World AIDS Day annual call to arms against global disease | UNMC." World AIDS Day annual call to arms against global disease | UNMC. http://www.unmc.edu/news.cfm?match=1345 (accessed July 25, 2014).

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    U.S. Department of State. "Fact Sheet: Distinctions Between Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking 2006." U.S. Department of State. http://www.state.gov/m/ds/hstcenter/90434.htm (accessed July 25, 2014).

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    "Introduction to the challenges of achieving gender equality." Introduction to the challenges of achieving gender equality. http://www.globalcitizen.org/Content/Content.aspx?id=058f8fee-01f4-4508-a54d-464ff22a4716 (accessed July 25, 2014).

  • 10

    "UN Secretary-General's campaign: United to end the violence against women. "Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act."Ban Ki-moon, Secretary - General." UNiTE To End Violence Against Women. http://endviolence.un.org/situation.shtml (accessed July 25, 2014).

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    "UN Secretary-General's campaign: United to end the violence against women. "Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act."Ban Ki-moon, Secretary - General." UNiTE To End Violence Against Women. http://endviolence.un.org/situation.shtml (accessed July 25, 2014).

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