Today is International Women’s Day to highlight women’s issues around the world and support women’s advancement and equality and here are some very depressing statistics from this article I read today:
- Globally, one in four women are forced into their first sexual experience.
- One in three women has been sexually abused by a member of their own household.
- 60% of the hours worked in the world are worked by women who, in return, receive 10% of the world’s wages.
- 50% of the world’s food is directly produced by women, who own a mere 1% of the land it’s produced on.
- 66% of the world’s illiterate people are women – a proportion that hasn’t changed in a generation
- 60,000,000 young girls worldwide are forced into marriage before their eighteenth birthdays
- 358,000 women die every year in childbirth or because of poor pre- and post-natal care
- Up to 3,000,000 little girls every year have their genitals mutilated
The evidence is overwhelming that one of the best ways we can make real global changes for equality and better treatment of women in the most impoverished and developing countries is by providing education to girls and empowering them as the next generation of leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs, activists and guardians in their communities. One campaign, 10×10, has just released a feature film, Girl Rising, on March 7. It is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses, including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Alicia Keys, and Selena Gomez.
This is a grassroots campaign so please support them by attending a screening or if none are in your area, volunteer to host one! I’ve found the closest confirmed screenings are in Irvine, Orange County:
Sat, March 09, 2013, 1:00 pm Westpark 8 (Screen 1), 3735 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA
Tue, March 12, 2013, 7:30 pm Market Place Stadium 10 (Screen 1), 13782 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA
Another nonprofit charity I’d like to recommend is More Than Me Foundation founded by an amazing woman, Katie Meyler, who I had the opportunity to host while she was traveling on a cross-country road trip to seek funding. Katie has done so much to get girls in Liberia off the streets and into schools and recently won a contest to get $1 million funding. Every dollar, which isn’t much to us here, goes so far to help these precious young lives, the next generation of women.