The Status of Women
by Jim Janko,
Directions for students: The facts below are from the United Nations Development Programme - Women's Empowerment. Read them and consider this basic question:
What are the possible causes for the situations described? Think of the position of women in your country, the U. S., and any other countries you are familiar with.
- 70% of the 1.2 billion people living in poverty are female
- Women do more than 67% of the hours of work done in the world but earn only 10% of the world’s income and own only 1% of the world’s property
- The value of unpaid work was estimated at about $16 billion in 2010, of which $11 billion represents the invisible contribution of women
- Women are paid 30-40% less than men for comparable work on average
- 60-80% of the food in most developing countries is produced by women
- Women hold 10-20% of the managerial and administrative jobs
- Women make up less than 5% of the world’s heads of state
- Only 18 percent of the world's parliamentarians are women
- 60% of the 130 million children in the age group of 6-11 years who do not go to school, are girls
- Approximately 67% of the world’s 875 million illiterate adults are women
- 3 out of 5 women in Southern Asia and an estimated 50% of all women in Africa and in the Arab region are still illiterate
- In the year 2000, there were 80 million unwanted pregnancies, 20 million unsafe abortions and 500,000 maternal deaths (99% of these cases were reported in developing countries)
- One-third of all women are subjected to physical violence.
- Three to four million women are battered each year worldwide. In the U.S., a woman is raped every six minutes.
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