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12 Gender Issues Affecting Women Around the World

Women account for half of the world’s population yet continue to face extreme hardships that affect their well-being and livelihoods.

12 Gender Issues Affecting Women Around the World

By The Culture-ist

  • Lack of Access to Education

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    A quarter of girls aged 15-24 (116 million) in developing countries have never completed primary school. Of the 774 million illiterate people in the world, two-thirds are female.

  • Equal Pay

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    Women experience a pay gap compared to men's wages for the same work. In America, a woman earns 81 cents to a man's dollar. For African-American and Latin American women, the difference is greater.

  • Genocide

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    Women make up 80% of all refugees and displaced people. Instruments of genocide, such as sexual violence and rape, are often directed at women and girls.

  • Early Marriage

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    More than 64 million girls worldwide are child brides. 46% of women aged 20–24 in South Asia and 41% of women in West and Central Africa report that they married before the age of 18.

  • Early Pregnancy

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    Each year, 1 in 5 girls under 18 in developing countries give birth. In these countries, pregnancy-related complications result in 70,000 deaths each year.

  • Poverty

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    Women account for 70% of the population living in absolute poverty (on less than $1.00 a day).

  • Sex Trafficking

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    Trafficking people for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. Women and girls make up 98% of the victims.

  • Domestic Violence

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    35% of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence committed by their partner in relationships. That's 700 million women—close to the total population of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

  • Depression

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    Depression is the leading mental health issue for women in both high-income and low-and-middle-income countries. Following childbirth, it affects 20% of mothers in low-and-middle-income countries.

  • Women and Politics

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    Women make up more than 50% of the global population but fill less than 20% of all parliamentary seats.

  • Women and the Media

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    Issues of objectification, exploitation and misrepresentation of  women exisist in many media forms.

  • Stigma Against Feminism

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    Negative connotations surrounding feminism are turning women away from identifying as feminists. Conversations have begun to define it more clearly so the fight for gender equality can forge ahead.

Feature image: NATO Mission via Flickr

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