1. One in three women die or are seriously injured as a result of gender-based violence. Violence against women results in more deaths among women ages 15 to 44 than the total number of women who die because of war, malaria, and cancer.
2. An estimated four million women and girls are bought and sold worldwide each year, either into marriage, prostitution or slavery.
4. Approximately 96 million young women in developing countries still cannot read or write. Globally, girls account for 55 percent of children not in school.
5. Nearly 75 percent of those displaced by violent conflict are women. Displacement leaves women without access to health care, proper nutrition or education. Displaced women face a higher threat of gender-based terrorism and violence.
6. The 1994 genocide in Rwanda resulted in hundreds of thousands of violent sexual assaults, resulting in an estimated 250,000 women falling victim to HIV/AIDS. While many women awaiting treatment died, their perpetrators receive antiretroviral therapies in prison.
7. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that actually denies women the right to vote by law. In other parts of the world, where women are legally allowed to vote, many women still struggle to exercise their rights. For example, in Afghanistan, some women were denied the right to vote in 2009 because the country lacked the necessary amount of female staff members to provide enough polls for women.
8. With its rate of violence, sexual assault and inadequate health care, Afghanistan remains the most dangerous place in the world for women to live.
9. In 1974, Isabel Peron became the world’s first woman president, when she was elected President of Argentina. Around the world, 68 women have served as head of state in their country (not including monarchies). Currently, 38 women serve as head of government around the world. In 1997, Ireland became the first country to succeed power from one female president to another.
10. African nations have more women in parliament than most western nations. Rwanda ranks number one in world rankings for the highest representation of women at 49 percent.
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this is why i am a feminist
I actually cried when I watched this.
this was really wonderfully done.
holy shit. i am so happy this exists.
*If you do nothing else today, WATCH THIS. Shows the detrimental impact of (sexist, demeaning) mainstream media, and the extent to which it’s ingrained in our lives. Because women only control approx. 3% of media content like advertising and publishing, images and portrayals of women are being controlled by men who continually sexualize, exploit, and undermine (even the most powerful women) in our country - in addition to socializing boys and men to view women as objects and that being a man means always being in power, in control, and better than women. Shows several real-life examples from the media.
this is just way too great to not reblog
Not only is it indefatigably annoying when people try to counter argue about the -isms by saying that it happens to the majority as well, but it makes no sense.
Sexism does not target cismen.
Racism does not happen to white people.
I really cannot stand when people say that womyn objectify men too. Even in the instances that we do, understand that this is not sexism. Sexism is a machine, an entire force that perpetually oppresses womyn and people society perceive to be womyn day-in and day-out. Sexism is not simply one instance of someone staring at a pair of boobs. That is merely a cog in the entire system of oppression. No matter how many times someone claims to only want a man for his body, and how dehumanizing that instance it, it is not an -ism, it is not part of a large-scale oppression that invades and warps the minds of society to view men a certain way, to limit men a certain way. It is much, much different when there is a whole institution of ways in which we are kept under the oppressive thumb.
Racism = prejudice + power. No matter how many things you apparently hear black people say about white people, we are not “racist” towards white people. We can not be. We are marginalized and oppressed to this day, therefore not in power to being racist. No matter how many bad things I say against white people, they will still have an extremely large upper hand. They will still have a bounty of white privileges. And I will still be severely oppressed.
Do not. Come to me. With that shit.
Did you say “indefatigably” though? Word? *surrenders heart*
Hello, my name is Amanda;
I am middle class and white and an object of domineering American institutionalism.
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