It’s about time this message was heard: Poverty *is* Sexist.
Nowhere on earth do women have as many opportunities as men. But for girls and women in the world’s poorest countries, that inequality is amplified.
No matter how you cut it – socially, economically, legally – girls and women who live in extreme poverty are being denied the opportunity that they deserve.
At ONE, we believe that none of us are equal until all of us are equal, and through our #PovertyisSexist campaign work, we are building a movement to end the injustice of gender inequality – so that girls and women across the globe reach their full potential.
Here are 5 stats that show why POVERTY IS SEXIST around the globe.
1. There are over 130 million girls out of school worldwide. In the world’s poorest countries, girls are out of school at a higher rate than boys.
2. In Sub-saharan Africa, 2 out of 3 young people infected with HIV are women.
3. If current trends continue, by 2020 over 75% of women in developing countries still won’t be connected to the internet, compared to 63% of men.
4. Globally, the gender wage gap is about 23%.
5. In developing countries, 1 in 4 girls are married before reaching age 18, and 1 in 9 are married under the age of 15.