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Women’s rights statistics

Women at a self help group meeting in Ethiopia

Why do we fight for women’s rights?

In the face of statistics like these, how could we not?

Read them yourself then find out what we are doing to make a fairer future for women.



Violence against women and girls

Women’s civil and political participation

Women controlling their own livelihoods

Women and peacebuilding

Funding for women’s rights organisations

  • A global survey of 1,119 women’s rights organisation from over 140 countries showed that only 1 in 10 received funding from bilateral donors, national governments and international non-government organisations. Meanwhile only 6.9% received funding from UN Women. (Source: AWID Global Survey “Where is the money for women’s rights?” 2011)

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For facts and figures about women’s rights in the different places that we work in – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – visit Where We Work and choose a country.