Some of these stats are old. Some have gotten better, and some worse.
Let's pray that in a decade from now this document is radically outdated.
Status of Women
- Women have not achieved equality with men in any country.
- Of the world's 1.3 billion poor people, it is estimated that nearly 70 per cent are women.
- Between 75 and 80 per cent of the world's 27 million refugees are women and children.
Women and Education
- Of the world's nearly one billion illiterate adults, two-thirds are women.
- Two-thirds of the 130 million children worldwide who are not in school are girls.
Women and Labour
- The majority of women earn on average about three-fourths of the pay of males for the same work.
- In most countries, women work approximately twice the unpaid time men do.
- Rural women produce more than 55 per cent of all food grown in developing countries.
Women and Health
- Women are becoming increasingly affected by HIV. Today about 42 per cent of estimated cases are women.
- An estimated 20 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide every year, resulting in the deaths of 70,000 women.
- Approximately 585,000 women die every year, over 1,600 every day, from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In sub-Saharan Africa, 1 in 13 women will die from pregnancy or childbirth related causes, compared to 1 in 3,300 women in the United States.
Women and Violence
- Each year an estimated two million girls suffer the practice of female genital mutilation.
- Worldwide, 20 to 50 per cent of women experience some degree of domestic violence during marriage.
- The primary victims of today's wars are civilian women and their children, not soldiers.
- The use of rape as a weapon of war has become more evident. In Rwanda from April 1994 to April 1995, estimates of the number of women and girls raped is at over 250,000.