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International Women's Day| Facts about women around the world

"Do not ever say you are weak because you are a woman" - Mary Kom

Women experience inequality everywhere in the world. Inequalities ranging from pay gap and medical care to the right to live and personal rights and freedoms. Granted, some places evolved and are working towards creating more equality for women, however, some countries are just devastating for women and girls.

Depending on where you are in the world, other identifying factors such as race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class, age, faith affiliation, etc. determines the severity of the inequality. Inequality does not affect all women equally.

Despite the innumerable challenges women everywhere face, they continue to excel and change the world positively. Before we state current facts affected by women all over the world, here are some noteworthy contributions and inventions by women.

Henrietta Lacks- whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. HeLa cells were used to develop vaccines for diseases like polio.

Hedy Lamarr- scientist, actor and inventor who we can thank for modern-day wireless communication technology such as WiFi.

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson- physicist and inventor who made research advances in telecommunication which prompted for the invention of portable fax and touch-tone telephone.

Grace Hopper- American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first compiler related tools.

Now, here are some gruesome facts regarding women everywhere:

  • On average, 137 women are killed every day globally by a partner or family member.

  • According to the U.N, 50,000 woman a year are killed by an intimate partner or family member.

  • A woman dies every 90 seconds during pregnancy or childbirth. Most of these deaths preventable and occur because of a lack of education and proper care.

  • Over 650 million women alive today were married as child brides.

  • 12 million girls are married each year under the age of 18

  • According to the U.S. State Department, of the 600,000 to 800,000 people that are trafficked across international borders every year, 80% are females and half are children.

  • At least 200 million women and girls alive today across the world have undergone female genital mutilation.

  • At least 1 in 4 women experience sexual harassment in the workplace and seventy-five percent of harassment victims experienced retaliation when they reported it.

  • According to the World Economic Forum, women around the globe earn on average $12,000 a year, compared to $21,000 for men.They also reported that women in every country face a wage gap of some kind.

  • In the UK, the gender pay gap increased in hundreds of companies.

  • Women pay more for goods and services like clothing, and hygiene products like deodorant,

  • Women are less likely to have their symptoms being taken seriously, to have their pain treated, or to be given a diagnosis compared to their male counterparts.

  • 200,000,000 million women are “demographically missing” from the world today.

International Women’s Day should be recognized for at least a month instead of just a day.


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