- Economically, women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property. –Women Who Stand, World Relief
- More women and girls are shipped into brothels annually now, in the early 21st century, than African slaves were shipped into slave plantations each year in the 18th century. –Half the Sky Movement
The degree to which countries have succeeded in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment plays an important role in determining their ability to adapt to climate change and respond to natural disasters. –United Nations Development Program
In 2013, women are still estimated to only earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. -The Huffington Post
-Over 100 million baby girls have been killed in a phenomenon known as “gendercide:” the deliberate killing of a baby girl due to the baby’s sex. –The Economist, 2010
This is just a snapshot of the picture of global women’s social justice issues. But beyond statistics are the stories of women whose lives have been impacted by disempowerment at the local, structural, cultural, and systematic levels. Similarly, there are the stories of women who choose to be victors instead of victims, lovers of enemies instead of avengers, and new visionaries instead of accepting rote circumstances. Share your story, share your dreams, and let’s inspire women in both present and future generations to stand together in unity for peace and justice.