World Wide Status of Women
year, 1/2 million women die from pregnancy complications and 100,000 from unsafe
pregnant woman in Africa is 180 times more likely to die than in Western Europe.
the US, a woman is beaten every 18 minutes and raped every 6 minutes. More women
are injured in domestic violence incidents than in car accidents, rapes, and muggings
from France indicate that 95% of its victims of violence are women, 51% at the
hands of their husbands.
1/5 to 1/2 of women worldwide experience domestic violence during marriage.
several countries, testing for genetic defects is used to determine the sex of
an unborn child for the purpose of aborting females only.
represent 2/3 of the more than one billion illiterate adults who have no access
to basic education. The majority live in rural areas.
average, by age 18, girls receive 4.4 years less education than boys.
of all US women with AIDS are African American.
of female headed families living below the poverty level in the US are headed
by African American Women.
1982, 24% of African American women, 35% of Puerto Rican women, 42% of Native
American women had been sterilized, as compared to 15% of white women.
to a 1991-92 National (U.S.) Women of Color Reproductive Health Poll, 32% of Asian
American women said that it would be difficult for them to obtain an abortion
because "they don't know where to find one."
a 1986 US survey, 81% of women who are forced through court order
to undergo obstetrical procedures (cesarean sections, hospital detentions, intrauterine
transfusions) are African American, Asian or Latina. 24% of these women did not
speak English as their first language.
As of 1996, in Washington state, women still earn only
67 cents for ever dollar a man makes. This means Washington ranks 33 among the
states for earnings equity. But because salaries are higher in WA than in several
other states, WA womens annual salary ranks 11th in the nation. Statistics
according to the Institute for Womens Policy Studies in Washington DC.
In 1996, 1.5 million people worldwide, including
350,000 children and youth died of AIDS. Of the 30 million people infected with
HIV, 2.6 million are adolescent or younger. Most new infections occur in people
under age 25.
A recent disturbing trend ... more adolescent girls than
boys are diagnosed with HIV, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 90% of AIDS cases under age
20 are girls. It is estimated that in the US, one in three girls is sexually abused
by the age of 18 and one in for by age 14.
From the Alan Guttmacher
Institute, the US accounts for less than 3% of abortions worldwide. There
are 50 million abortions worldwide annually, 30 million of them are illegal. 20
million of them are legal. May 1998.
Global Forum: Manipulation of Life - serves as a place for
the citizens of the world to discuss challenging issues relating to life, death,
health, and basic human values.
booklet titled Abortion
In Law, History and Religion, published by the Childbirth by
Choice Trust, describes the status of abortion in most countries of the world,
plus explains every major religion's view of abortion. Very thorough.
The World's Abortion Laws
- a complete listing.
children under the age of 13 have more spending money ($230/year) than the 300
million poorest people in the world.
Feminist Women's Health Center