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Did You Know?

  • 70% of the world's poor are women.
  • Worldwide, women receive 30% to 40% less than their male counterparts for comparable work.
  • Between 80% and 90% of poor families are headed by women.
  • Women comprise two-thirds of the world's illiterate population.
  • More than 1 billion people—one in six—live on less than $1 a day, and 2.7 billion live on less than $2 a day. (Source: World Bank. PovertyNet)
  • 40% of the adults infected by HIV/AIDS are women. (Source: Millennium Project Task Force on Educational and Gender Equality, 2004)
  • World Health Organization reports that around the world, one in every three women is suffering some form of abuse.



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