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.
  1. 70% of the 1.2 billion people living in poverty are female

  2. 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

  3. The value of unpaid work was estimated at about $16 billion in 2010, of which $11 billion represents the invisible contribution of women

  4. Women are paid 30-40% less than men for comparable work on average

  5. 60-80% of the food in most developing countries is produced by women

  6. Women hold 10-20% of the managerial and administrative jobs

  7. Women make up less than 5% of the world’s heads of state

  8. Only 18 percent of the world's parliamentarians are women

  9. 60% of the 130 million children in the age group of 6-11 years who do not go to school, are girls

  10. Approximately 67% of the world’s 875 million illiterate adults are women

  11. 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

  12. 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)

  13. One-third of all women are subjected to physical violence.

  14. 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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