Invest in Girls' Equality – Women Deliver

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Invest in Girls’ Equality


  • The average life expectancy for women is 82 years in high-income countries and 63.1 years in low-income countries (WHO, 2014)
  • 64% of illiterate adults are women (UNESCO, 2011)
  • Girls and women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, while men spend only 30-40 (UNAC, 2012)
  • One in four women is physically abused during pregnancy (UNFPA, 2013)
  • Globally, nearly 40% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner (WHO, 2013)
  • Every day, 39,000 girls are forced into early marriage (WHO, 2013)
  • Women make up only 22% of Parliamentarian seats (IPU, 2015) and 8% of the world's executives (The Economist, 2005)
  • 95% of countries have a male head of state (UN Women, 2015)