Monday Insights: 6 quick facts about women worldwide

Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 12:00

Every week we post Monday Insights, sharing knowledge with you about themes found in HOPE XXL. This week we’re stating 5 quick facts about half the world’s population: women!
1. In 1911, only two countries in the world allowed women to vote. Today, that right is almost universal.
2. Women around the world are still underrepresented in politics. By mid-2011, only 28 countries could claim that women’s parliamentary representation had reached a 30 percent or more. Only 19 women were leading their countries as elected heads of state or government.*
3. 222 million women worldwide have a need for contraceptives, but they cannot get a hold of it. In Sub-Saharan this is the case for over 20% of women.
4. In India, 74.8 percent of rural women are agricultural workers but only 9.3 percent own the land.*
5. The country with the highest percentage of women in parliament is…Rwanda! With a percentage of 56,3% they top the list. 
6. Girls aged 15-19 years in Sub-Saharan Africa have a chance of getting HIV that’s six times higher than boys the same age. Reasons include sexual violence and early marriage. 
* Source: UN Women 

You may also like an animation by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that clearly shows the need for family planning. You can access it here

Hope to see you next week, when we are discussing the International Day of Peace!