Required Reading: Why Women’s Rights Are the Cause of Our Time

This article by Nicholas Kristoff in the NYT Magazine today reveals the following startling statistics about women worldwide and ultimately a case for optimism. By providing education and opportunity for women, we can change the world. Click on: Why Women's Rights Are the Cause of Our Time

100 million women and girls are missing around the world because of gender discrimination
1 woman dies in childbirth for every 100,000 live births in Ireland
2,100 women die in childbirth for every 100,000 live births in Sierra Leone
The UN has estimated that there are 5,000 honor killings a year, the majority in the Muslim world
1 percent of the world’s landowners are women
98 percent of people in Egypt say they believe that girls have the same right to education as boys
21 percent of young women surveyed in Ghana reported that their sexual initiation was by rape
130 million women around the world have been subjected to genital cutting
55 percent of the seats in Rwanda’s lower house of Parliament are held by women

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