International Women’s Day

8 03 2007

Today is International Women’s Day.

In a study compiled by the British government, here are some examples of what women have to go through, in case you didn’t know :

* Two-thirds of the world’s 800 million illiterate adults are women as girls are not seen as worth the investment, or are busy collecting water or firewood or doing other domestic chores.

* Two million girls aged from five to 15 join the commercial sex market every year.

* Domestic violence kills and injures more people in the developing world than war, cancer or traffic accidents.

* Seventy per cent of the world’s poorest people are women.

* Violence against women causes more deaths and disabilities among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents or war.

* Women produce half the world’s food, but own less than two per cent of the land.

* Of the more than one billion people living in extreme poverty, 70 per cent are women.

* Almost a third of the world’s women are homeless or live in inadequate housing.

* Half of all murdered women are killed by their current or former husbands or partners.

* Every minute a woman dies as a result of pregnancy complications.

* Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, yet earn only a tenth of its income.

Just take a moment to think about it throughout the day.

I just thought you might want to know and there is much more over at the link.

H/T to Americablog 



3 responses

8 03 2007
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8 03 2007
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8 03 2007

Thanks for this link. I circulated it to the faculty at my college as a spur to some discussions we’re having about the place of global studies within our (usually nationally bounded) curriculums. One of the strengths of feminist studies is that it is necessarily comparative and transnationalist. I hope you’ve provided the way to open a few eyes (and hearts) as well as minds.

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