The NEED and BENEFIT to empowering women

NEED

  • Unequal rights and opportunities

    • Laws

      • In 155 countries they have different laws for men than they do for women

      • 112 countries do not criminalize marital rape

      • 49 countries have no specific laws against domestic violence

      • 45 countries have no sexual harassment laws

    • Education

      • 130 million girls are not in school

      • 66% of the world’s illiterate population are female

    • Health care

      • “At least 250,000 maternal deaths and as many as 1.7 million newborn deaths would be averted if the need for both family planning and maternal and newborn health services were met.”

    • Child marriage

      • 23 girls become child brides every 2 seconds

    • Violence and trafficking

      • 71% of victims of human trafficking are female

      • 5000 women murdered in honor killings happen each year

      • 35% of women have experienced sexual or physical violence

  • Unequal voice and participation

    • Fewer women in government

      • Globally, only 24% of parliament seats are by women

      • There are only 20 female heads of state, that is only 6.3% of global leaders are women (there are 195 countries worldwide)

    • Unequal labour

      • In 2013 72.2% men were employed : 47.% women

      • Women get paid less. Globally women take home only 60-75% of men’s wages

      • Women are more likely to do unpaid work (caring for children, elderly, and those are who are ill.  

      • Women are more likely to work low-wage and/or vulnerable jobs.

    BENEFIT

  • Healthier societies: 

    • For every additional year of education a woman gets after the reproductive age, child mortality decreases by 9.5%

    • Primary school education for women decreases maternal mortality by 70%

    • Primary school education for women would save 1.7 million children from stunting from malnutrition

    • Secondary school education for women would save 12 million children from stunting from malnutrition

    • Secondary education for women would cut child deaths in half, saving 3 million lives. 

  • Prosperous societies: 

    • Economically empower women results in faster economic growth

    • Greater household income controlled by women has an immediate and direct benefit for their children

    • Female education leads to increased economic growth. Roughly 50% of economic growth in OECD countries is due to increased education.