Today’s media is saturated with articles on the theme of “10 things we learned from Meghan’s Oprah interview.” As a counterbalance, here are ten things we should be thinking about on International Women’s Day.
1. An extra year of education can help a girl earn 15-25% more as an adult. Source: UNICEF
2. Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school.
3. 130 million girls are out of school worldwide.
4. Girls who complete secondary school are 3x less likely to become child brides.
Source: Girls Not Brides
5. Globally, there are 750 million women and girls who were married before they turned 18.
Source: United Nations
6. At least 117 countries and territories still have no laws to protect girls from child marriage.
Source: United Nations Gender Equality Initiative
7. Domestic violence—just one form of gender-based violence—is costlier than warfare, with a worldwide annual cost of $8 trillion.
Source: Copenhagen Consensus Center
8. Domestic violence is not yet considered a crime in more than 20 countries.
Source: World Bank
9. Women make nearly 20% less than men, and they won’t reach pay equity with men until 2059, if the slow pace of progress on the pay gap persists.
10. GlobalGiving makes it safe and easy to support projects that uplift women and girls around the world. Give to the GlobalGiving Girl Fund in honour of a special woman or girl in your life.