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Sources: UNIFEM, 2013; UNESCO, 2011; CARE, 2013; UNFPA, 2013; WHO, 2013; UNFPA, 2013; IPU, 2013 (as of Nov 2013; UN Women, 2013

Facts and Figures

  • Women make up half of the world's population and yet represent 70% of the world's poor.
  • 64% of illiterate adults are women.( That’s 2 out of 3)
  • Women work 2/3 of the world’s hours yet earn 1/10 of the world’s income.


  • One in four women is physically or sexually abused during pregnancy
  • Globally, nearly 40% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.
  • Every day, 39,000 girls are forced into early marriage. That’s 27 girls a minute

Inclusion & participation

  • Women make up only 21.9% of parliamentarian seats, and 8% of the world’s executives.
  • 95% of countries have a male head of state.
  • More than 100 countries have laws on the books that restrict women's participation in the economy.

Women in power=greater opportunities for girls’ education, health, and equality


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