Happy International Women’s Day!
Historically, women have been erased or excluded from countless professional arenas. This occurrence of exclusion and erasure is particularly true of the sciences, but is also evident in tech, politics, and the arts. Luckily, numerous publications (such as Women in the World and MAKERS) will be celebrating the successes of so many women in honor of International Women’s Day, and I’m excited to read about some of the amazing trailblazers who have made the world a more vibrant, interesting, and accepting place.
In addition to celebrating these successes, it’s imperative to know the facts about global women’s issues. Please read and share these statistics on women’s health and safety worldwide, which were gathered from UN Women and DoSomething.org. Be sure to check out these sites to learn more about what they are doing in the fight for women’s equality.
- Approximately 35% of women worldwide have experience physical and/or sexual intimate partner crime or sexual violence committed by a non-partner. In some countries, up to 70% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner.
- Women who experience physical or sexual abuse committed by an intimate partner are more than twice as likely to have an abortion, experience depression, and in some regions, 1.5 times more likely to contract HIV, as compared to women who have not experienced partner violence.
- A woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth every 90 seconds.
- Approximately 1 in 4 women experience physical or sexual violence during pregnancy.
- It is estimated that half of all women who were the victims of homicide globally in 2012 were killed by an intimate partner or family member. In the same year, less than 6% of men who were the victims of homicide were killed by an intimate partner or family member.
- Women make up 70% of those living in absolute poverty worldwide. Those in absolute poverty live on less than $1.00 a day.
- Globally, more than 700 million women who are alive today were married before they turned 18. Of those women, more than 1 in 3 (approximately 250 million) were married before age 15.
- More than 200 million women and girls alive today (in approximately 30 countries) have experienced female genital mutilation. In most of these countries, the majority of girls were cut before the age of five.
- Over 16 million women in the world have HIV/AIDS.
- Women and girls account for 70% of human trafficking victims – approximately 50% of victims are adult women, while 20% are girls.
- Over 600 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a punishable crime.