Women’s rights statistics
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
- Violence against women and girls is a global issue with 1 in 3 women across the world experiencing violence. (Source: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 2013)
- Statistics show that the abuser is usually someone the woman knows: 38% of all murdered women are killed by their intimate partners. (Source: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 2013)
Women’s civil and political participation
- Globally, women make up just 22% of parliamentarians. (Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union 2014)
Women controlling their own livelihoods
- Women spend at least twice as much time as men on domestic work, and when all work – paid and unpaid – is considered, women work longer hours than men. (Source: The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics)
Women and peacebuilding
- Only 4% of signatories in 31 major peace processes between 1992 and 2011 were women: 2.4% of chief mediators, 3.7% of witnesses and 9% of negotiators were women. (Source: UN Women – Women’s Participation in Peace Negotiations: Connections between Presence and Influence 2011)
- 7.4% of countries have had female heads of states over the last 50 years. (Source: The Global Gender Gap Report 2013, World Economic Forum)
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.