Challenges that Women Face
- Access to Education: 31 million girls of primary school age are not in school, which represents a huge pool of untapped girl power.
- Employment Opportunities: Even in developed countries such as the US, women still experience major inequality in the workforce. Globally women earn one tenth of the world’s income despite working two thirds of the total working hour. Only 50% of working age women are represented in the labor force globally, compared to 76% of men.
- Maternal Health: According to the WHO, approximately 830 women die daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and child birth. 99% of all deaths occur in developing countries.
- Gender-based Violence: 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes, according to WHO. This violence be it rape, domestic abuse, sexual trafficking, GBV denies women the opportunity to live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
- Child Marriage: In developing countries, 1 in every 3 girls is married before reaching age 18. Child marriage threatens girls lives and health, and limits their future prospects. Girls who marry before age 18 are less likely to remain in school and more likely to experience domestic violence.
- Female Genital Mutilation: It is estimated that more than 200 million girls alive today have undergone FGM. FGM imposes real health consequences, violates a child’s rights, and promotes inequality between the sexes.
- Water and Sanitation: Women and girls suffer most when drinking water and sanitation facilities are in short supply. Girls during their menstrual period miss school days due to the lack of proper bathrooms in schools.