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Worldwide, Women Are Poorer and Hungrier Than Men

A new report from the United Nations detailed that women are poorer, more hungry, and more discriminated than men.”

The report, titled “Turning Promises Into Action: Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” studies women around the world and the ways in which they are living.

In several categories such as poverty, hunger, and education, women are doing worse than men.

According to the report, for every 100 men between the ages of 25 to 34, there are 122 women living in poverty. 12.8 percent of women are living in a poor household, compared to 12.3 percent of men. This means that roughly 5 million more women are fighting poverty.

The authors of the report explained the reasons for this disparity. Around the world, women are poorer because they do not have as much access to jobs and economic opportunity. The laws of some countries do not allow for women to inherit wealth, own land, or have access to credit. When women do find employment, they do not make as much as men. On top of this, women are often expected to do more housework, cooking, and childcare than men are.

In addition to the poverty women around the world face, they are also facing grim health issues. Women are susceptible to food poverty and are more likely than men to go hungry. Maternal deaths are also proving to be an increasing issue for women. Low income women are more likely to confront this issue, however even in developed countries like the United States the rate of maternal death is rising.

In terms of assault, 1 in 5 women and girls ages 15 to 49 have experienced physical or sexual violence within the past 12 months.

Globally, women are more likely to face legal discrimination. According to the report, “over the past 25 years, progress has been made through, for example, legislation prohibiting discrimination based on sex with respect to inheritance and citizenship, laws that guarantee equality within the family, and laws that address domestic violence.”

“However, while progress has been significant,” it continues, “discriminatory constitutional and legislative provisions remain in place in many countries, leaving women without protection or legal basis to claim their rights.”

While this news is grim, there are still signs of hope within the report, particularly in terms of education. More girls around the world are attending school than ever before. In 2015, 90.3 percent of primary school-age girls were enrolled in school, compared to 82.2 percent in 2000.

This report by the U.N. made it clear that women around the world are facing serious issues that threaten their health, safety, and overall quality of life. It is more imperative than ever to step up and do what you can to make a change for women worldwide.

To learn more about how you can help women across the globe, visit U.N. Women’s website. And to learn more about other global issues, visit our “Be Informed” page.

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