10 Stats That Reveal the Reality of Global Gender Inequality

All people—male and female—are made in the image of God, and therefore have dignity, worth and unique strengths to contribute. However, persistent gender inequality often still holds women back around the world. Women account for half of the world's population, but they often work more, get paid less and are significantly more likely to be the victims of violence than men. In the last century, women’s rights have come a long way, but they still have a long way to go. In honor of International Women’s Day, here are some stats that show why we still need to advocate for women’s rights around the world.

Two-Thirds of the Illiterate People in the World are Female

Source: UNESCO

There are roughly 775 million illiterate adults worldwide. More than 510 million of them are women, because women are more likely to be denied education. This is detrimental, as educated women are less likely to become child brides, less likely to die in childbirth and more likely to find work.

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