10 Disturbing Facts About Injustices Against Women and The Need For Women's Rights!
The following statistics are extremely disturbing and reminds us that although we have come a long way in improving women's rights, we still have much further to go to end the inequalities and injustices carried out against women all over the world. Read on for more and to learn how you can help...
1. Women perform 66% of the world’s work, but receive only 11% of the world’s income, and own only 1% of the world’s land.
2. About 75% of the refugees and internally displaced in the world are women who have lost their families and their homes.
3. Women make up 66% of the world’s illiterate adults.
4. Women account for 55% of all college students, but even when women have equal years of education it does not translate into economic opportunities or political power.
5. Women head 83% of single-parent families. The number of families nurtured by women alone doubled from 1970 to 1995 (from 5.6 million to 12.2 million).
6. Two-thirds of the world’s children who receive less than four years of education are girls. Girls represent nearly 60% of the children not in school.
7. Gender-based violence kills one in three women across the world and is the biggest cause of injury and death to women worldwide, causing more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accident, and war.
8. Parents in countries such as China and India sometimes use sex determination tests to find out if their fetus is a girl. Of 8,000 fetuses aborted at a Bombay clinic, 7,999 were female.
9. Wars today affect civilians most, since they are civil wars, guerrilla actions and ethnic disputes over territory or government 3 out of 4 fatalities of war are women and children.
10. Rape is consciously used as a tool of genocide and weapon of war. Tens of thousands of women and girls have been subjected to rape and other sexual violence since the crisis erupted in Darfur in 2003. There is no evidence of anyone being convicted in Darfur for these atrocities. According to 2006 statistics, 600 women were raped every day in the United States (this number only accounts for the cases that were reported).
(Sources: Dosomething.org, Amnesty International, Women's Census Bureau, Women's Leading Partnership)
If you're wondering what you can do to help, first start by sharing this post with your friends via email, Facebook, twitter etc. the more people who are aware the greater the chance for change. To learn more about ways you can aid the fight for Women's Rights/Human Rights visit Amnesty International or DoSomething.org.