Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. This year the focus is on ending violence against women, which is a human rights violation that affects 7 in 10 women in the world. Below I’ve listed some startling statistics. Please take a moment and read them. I know they aren’t uplifting. In fact they are downright depressing.
* As many as 1 in 4 women experience physical or sexual violence during pregnancy.
* Worldwide, up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16.
*Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18.
*More than 100 million girls are ‘missing’ due to prenatal sex selection.
* Approximately 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were raped in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
*603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.
*Up to 7 in 10 women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.
*Women and girls make up 80% of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked across national borders annually, with 79% of them trafficked for sexual exploitation.
*Approximately 100-140 million girls and women in the world have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting.
The song, “One Woman”, was written by UN Women, an organization fighting for women and girls worldwide. Hop over to their website and give it a listen. All of us can work together to raise awareness and hopefully we can end this violence. Thank you for your attention today.