It’s a sad truth that even now in these modern times countless acts of gender inequality take place every second of every day in locations all across the globe. Women’s lives, mental wellbeing and opportunities are continuously shaped by these, whereas men will likely never face such an effect. Here are a few examples of the hardships that women still face today amongst a society that claims to be equal.
Life Expectancy Amongst Infants
Females face hardships from the moment they’re born, particularly in China and India, the two countries with the largest populations on the planet, sadly there is significant data that shows that young girls below the age of 5 years old are presented with a survival disadvantage. In China we find that these girls have a mortality rate that is 7% higher than that of young boys. A study in India taken place during the 00s was even more astonishing, here the mortality rate sat an astounding 75% higher than that of young boys, a statistic that is chilling to say the least.
Did you know that less than 40% of countries actually offer an equal access to education for both boys and girls? Not only that but only 39% of countries have an equal proportion of the sexes enrolled in their secondary schools too. Not only would involving both sexes in the education system help to achieve equal opportunities for women across the world but it would also potentially lift over 420 million people out of poverty too.
Despite the fact that an increase in female labour force participation would lead to faster economic growth we still find that their participation is completely unequal between in comparison to men. A study in 2013 showed that globally the employment to population ratio was 72.2% for men whereas for women it fell at 47.1%. Furthermore, the study also found that women continue to earn less than men, only receiving between 60% and 75% of what men earn globally. According to estimations, women’s income could possibly increase to 76% should the participation gap be closed, resulting in a possible $17 trillion in global value.
Sadly, human trafficking is a very real thing and both young girls and adult women make up 71 percent of its detected victims worldwide. Out of every four children that are trafficked three are young girls. Girls and women are the disproportionate victims of this vile act, 75% of which are trafficked for the purpose of sexual abuse and exploitation. To put it in perspective for you, there are more females that are currently trapped in slavery than there were black people in the height of the African slave trade.
Only 22.8% of the worlds national parliaments were women according to data taken in the year 2016. There are figures are nothing but an affront to the female species as studies show that generally when women take up leadership positions and are involved in political decision making, they tend to improve the systems that they are working for.