The NEED and BENEFIT to empowering women
Unequal rights and opportunities
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
130 million girls are not in school
66% of the world’s illiterate population are female
“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.”
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)
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.
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.
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.