Why women and girls?
Poverty has a female face. There are over a billion people living in extreme poverty. Most of them are women and girls. It makes sense then, that when it comes to fighting poverty, powerlessness, and inequality, The Circle works alongside women to even the odds stacked against them.
- Women remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation, with more than half (50.4%) of working women in vulnerable employment.
- It is estimated that, worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.
- At least one in three women around the world have been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in their lifetime.
- Between 1.5 million and 3 million girls and women die each year because of gender-based violence.
- Violence against women during or after armed conflicts has been reported in every international or non-international war-zone.
- 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime.
- 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries, with women dying of pregnancy-related causes at the rate of one a minute.
- Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
- At least 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries. In most of these countries, the majority of girls were cut before the age of 5.
- 41 million girls worldwide are still denied a primary education.
- Thousands of girls are kept from school due to poverty; institutional and cultural barriers; pressure for early marriage; lack of safety in getting to school; lack of separate latrines for boys and girls; sexual harassment and gender-based violence in schools; and domestic work overload.
- In 44 of the 74 countries analysed in 2013/4 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, there is at least a 50 year gap between the richest boys and poorest girls in completing lower secondary school. In low income countries, the average gap is 63 years.
- Globally women are paid less than men. Women in most countries earn on average only 60-75% of men’s wages.