8 march 2018: International Women’s Day

On the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day, FIDH is launching a website page presenting 101 shocking statistics on sexist violence and discrimination against women worldwide. This action aims to highlight the depth of male-female inequality and the many areas in which these abuses occur: relationships, marriage, health, work, politics, access to land, media visibility, and more.

FIDH presents 101 statistics on violations of women’s rights, for example:

- 3 women are killed by their partners every day in the United States.
- Only 11 countries in the world had women heads of state in 2017.
The women’s free speech movement that has emerged over the past six months is encouraging more and more female victims of abuse to speak out, press charges and help raise awareness about the devastating extent and nature of this phenomenon. Feminist movements worldwide are mobilising against conservatism and misogyny. But the fight to liberate women from oppression and patriarchal domination is far from over.
The fight for equality is everyone’s fight: women’s and men’s alike. If you find these figures offensive, help by sharing them on social networks.

The fight for women’s rights must be fought every day, not only on March 8.

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0 women have been appointed chief m ediator or top negotiator in UN-sponsored peace negotiations.

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1 woman is beaten to death in France every three days by a current or former partner.

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2 countries in the world ban women from driving: Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia (until the Royal Decree enters into force in June 2018).

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3 or more women are killed by their partners every day in the United States.

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4 thousand indigenous women have disappeared or been killed over the past thirty years in Canada.

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5 countries still prohibit abortion entirely, even to save the lives of pregnant women or in cases of rape: Malta, Nicaragua, The Dominican Republic, El Salvador and The Vatican.

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6 countries prohibit women from travelling abroad without permission: Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Syria.

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One in 7 girls is married or living with a partner before the age of 15 in West Africa and Central Africa.

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Up to 8 years in prison is a woman's penalty for having an abortion in El Salvador.

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9 out of 10 women in Afghanistan are victims of physical, psychological or sexual abuse or are married against their will.

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One in 10 women reports having experienced cyber-harassment (such as unwanted e-mails or messages, including sexual or offensive content) in the European Union.

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Only 11 countries in the world had women heads of state in 2017.

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12 times more prostitutes commit suicide in France than do members of the general population. The rate of rape victims among prostitutes is also six times the national average.

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Only 13% of jobs in science and engeneering are held by women in Great Britain.

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There are 14% more boys than girls in Armenia.

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15 million girls worldwide are married every year before the age of 18 - one every two seconds.

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Women earn 16% less than men in the European Union.

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Only 17% of members of parliament are women in Arab countries

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18 countries prohibit women from working without permission

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19 countries in Europe still refuse to take a stand against violence to women

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Fewer than 20% of landowners worldwide are women

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21% of women who gave birth in Italy since 2003 reported suffering physical or psychological abuse during their first delivery

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22 countries in the world do not allow a woman to pass on her nationality to her children

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Women are paid 23% less than men on average worldwide.

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24% of girls with disabilities between 11 to 14 years old are victims of sexual violence at school in Uganda. 

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25 is the average age of marriage for women worldwide, versus 29 for men.

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Over 26% of women in France work in unskilled jobs, as opposed to 14.5% of men.

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27% of women in Europe have been victims of physical abuse committed by an adult during their childhood.

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28 girls under the age of 18 are married every minute worldwide.

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Over 29% of women worldwide consider their first sexual experience to have been forced.

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A 30-year prison sentence was imposed on a 19-year-old for miscarrying in El Salvador.

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31% of rapes in France are committed by the victim's partner. 12% of all women declare having been raped.

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Over 32% of births in the United States are performed by caesarean section.

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Over 33% of women in Oman are unemployed, as opposed to slightly more than 14% of men.

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34% of women in Rwanda are victims of sexual and/or physical violence from a partner at some point in their life.

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A 35% greater chance of lasting peace can be achieved by including women in the peace process.

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36 % is the wage gap between women and men in South Korea.

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37 countries in the world do not prosecute rapists if they marry their victim.

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38% of all feminicides globally are committed by close partners

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39 thousand girls are married every day worldwide: 14.2 million girls per year.

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Over 40% of women in the European Union experience sexual harassment at work.

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Over 41% of women in India experience harassment or abuse before the age of 19.

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Nearly 42% of films are entirely centred on men and male characters.

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43% of women in France declare they have been victims of sexual caresses or fondling without their consent.

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44% of women in the United Kingdom (and 50% of men) are unable to identify the vagina on an anatomical chart.

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45% of girls who had their first sexual intercourse before the age of 15 report that this experience was forced.

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46 countries have no law specifically protecting women against domestic violence.

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47 thousand women die each year from unsafe abortions;

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There are over 48 million more men than women in India.

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More than 49% of working-age women worldwide have paid work.

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50% of anaesthesiologists in Italy (and 70% of gynaecologist-obstetricians) registered with the Ministry of Health are conscientious objectors to abortion and therefore refuse to be involved in cases of abortion

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51% of women in France do not feel safe when using public transport

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52 countries - over one fourth of all countries worldwide - did not guarantee equality between men and women in their constitution as recently as 2014

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Roughly 53% of young women in France report experiencing discrimination in the workplace.

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54% of all working-age women worldwide are active in the workforce, as opposed to 81% of men

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55% of university degrees are awarded to women in Spain.

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Latinas earn 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white man in the United States

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57% fewer girls than boys receive full-time education in the ten countries where girls have the least access to education.

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58% of young people infected by HIV in 2015 were teenage girls and young women.

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59% of women journalists who were sexually harassed in the workplace in Asia and the Pacific were harassed by their supervisor. 

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60 million girls worldwide experience sexual violence at school and on the way to school

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61% of members of parliament in Rwanda are women.

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62% of men in Egypt who have reached legal retirement age receive a pension, versus 8% of women.

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Every 63 minutes a woman dies from domestic violence in Russia.

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Black American women earn 64 cents for every dollar earned by a white man in the United States

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65 million girls worldwide do not attend school.

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66% of women who become pregnant after being raped in Chile are minors. 11% are under 12 years old

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Nearly 67% of unsafe abortions in Africa affect girls and young women under 25 years of age.

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In the 100 major films produced by Hollywood in 2016, men comprised 68% of speaking characters;

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69% of women in Senegal state that they do not have the final say over decisions affecting their own health care.

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70% of those living under siege in Eastern Ghouta (a suburb of Damascus, Syria) are women, children and the elderly

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71% of victims of human trafficking worldwide are women and girls.

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Over 72% of women in China report having been victims of sexual discrimination during hiring or when requesting a promotion

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Over 73% of migrant domestic workers are women.

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74% of companies in the United Kingdom pay men more than women

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Over 75% of people in need of humanitarian aid worldwide are women and children.

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76% of girls in Niger are married before 18. Worldwide, 720 million women were married as children against 156 million men

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77% of women in the United Kingdom who have had an unsuccessful job interview while pregnant believe they were discriminated against due to their pregnancy

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78% of rural women in Burkina Faso cannot read or write.

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In 1979 the UN adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

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80% of university graduates with degrees in education in the European Union are women.

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Nearly 81% of news items in the media concern men.

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82% of female members of parliament worldwide have experienced some form of psychological violence.

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About 830 women die every day worldwide during or after pregnancy or childbirth. Most of these deaths are preventable

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Over 84% of the personalities most discussed by the French press in 2017 were men

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85% of prostitutes in France are women, 10% are men, and 5% are transgender persons, 93% of prostitutes are foreigners

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86% of women living in cities in Thailand have been subjected to harassment or violence in the public space

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87% of women in Sudan and Egypt are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) or excision

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Nearly 88% of land in Bangladesh is held by men. Women own only 10% of the land.

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89% of women in Mali are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) or excision

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About 90% of the 16 million adolescent girls who give birth each year are already married

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Over 91% of young women in Benin use no method of contraception.

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92% of the directors of the top-grossing Hollywood films in 2017 were men.

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93% of women in Djibouti are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) or excision

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94% of the largest media companies in the world are run by men.

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95% of women who experience sexual harassment at work in France do not file a complaint

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96% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation are women and girls

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97% of women in Guinea are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) or excision

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98% of women in Somalia are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) or excision

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99% of Egyptian women have been victims of sexual harassment at some point in their lives

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In 100% of countries worldwide, women are victims of violence and discrimination because they are women.

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