11 Facts About Women Around the World

  1. Every 90 seconds, one 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. Reports show that violence against women increases during pregnancy.
  3. Women make up 80 percent 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 largely excluded from formal peace processes. Only 1 in 13 participants of peace negotiations since 1992 were women.
  5. Women gained the right to vote in America less than 100 years ago in 1920..
  6. Women make up more than 50 percent of the global population, but fill less than 20 percent of all parliamentary seats.
  7. More than 16.4 million women in the world have HIV/AIDS. In some regions, girls are HIV-positive at a rate 5 times that of boys.
  8. The majority of persons smuggled illegally across country borders are women. Many of them are kidnapped or sold by their own families into the sex industry.
  9. Women account for 70 percent of the population living in absolute poverty (on less than $1.00 a day).
  10. 80 percent of victims of hand-held weapons in war are women.
  11. Girls are actually less likely to reach adulthood because of gender discrimination. Tens of millions of girls have been aborted, killed, undernourished, or terribly neglected due to their gender.

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Sources: Amnesty USA, Dadalos, US Embassy