International Women’s Day focuses on Gender Inequality and Global Poverty

Photo: ©2014 World Vision, photo by Jon Warren

Photo: ©2014 World Vision, photo by Jon Warren

A chronic lack of resources, funds, and access to capital keep the women who live in low-to middle-income countries on poverty rolls. Across the board, women control and own only 10 percent of the world’s assets. Women – who account for the vast majority of the 1 billion impoverished people in this world – are typically trapped in a never-ending cycle of poverty, a cycle that affects not only their health and well-being, but also the future of their children’s educations, health, and livelihoods.

Every year for International Women’s Day (March 8), it is critical to remember the global status of women. 65 percent of women worldwide cannot read. Eight hundred women and girls still die every day during pregnancy and childbirth. 1 billion women will be victims of violence during their lifetime. And 1 in 9 girls are forced into marriage before their 15th birthday.

International Women’s Day Twitter Chat

We are joining Global Impact, CARE, Plan USA, and the International Center for Research on Women, to discuss these women’s and girls’ issues on Friday, March 13 at 1 PM EST. Join us using #HerDay2015.

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