10 facts about girls and women you won’t believe are true

#PovertyIsSexist. Don’t believe us? Here are 10 statistics taken from this year’s report to show you how incredibly difficult it is to be a woman living in some of the poorest parts of the world:

1. Girls account for 74% of all new HIV infections among adolescents in Africa.

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2. At current rates of progress, women in sub-Saharan Africa will have to wait more than 160 years before they have the same chances as women in rich countries of their babies being born alive.

3. In sub-Saharan Africa, women and girls spend 40 billion hours a year collecting water—the equivalent of a year’s worth of labor by the entire workforce in France.

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4. Of all maternal deaths, 99 percent occur in developing countries.

5. In many sub-Saharan African countries, more than half of young women report not having a final say in critical healthcare choices.

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6. Globally, 120 million girls are raped or sexually attacked by the age of 20.

7. In sub-Saharan Africa, 45 percent fewer women than men have access to the Internet.

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8. If an additional 600 million women and girls gained access to the Internet in the next three years, GDP across 144 developing countries could be boosted by up to $13-18 billion!

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9. Of all stillbirths that happen in the world, 98 percent happen in low- and middle-income countries.

10. Half a billion women couldn’t read this list.

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Read the full report, then spread the word that #PovertyIsSexist by signing our open letter. Gender equality means standing with women everywhere.