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In this feature, UNA-UK lets facts and figures speak for themselves

One in five girls and women (aged 15 to 49) experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the previous 12 months, according to surveys undertaken between 2005 and 2016 in 87 countries. [1]

99% of rapists in the United States never go to prison. [2]

In the majority of the 67 countries with data from 2009 to 2015, less than a third of senior- and middlemanagement positions were held by women. [3]

In most countries, men earn around 1.5 times more than women. [4]


On average, women spent almost triple the amount of time on unpaid domestic and care work as men, based on data from 2000 to 2016. [5]

Of all females killed worldwide, half were murdered by a partner or male family member. [6]

Women’s participation in single or lower houses of national parliaments worldwide was only 23.4% in 2017. [7]

81% of landholders are men; in conflict-affected areas it’s 89%. [8]

Around 700 million women alive today were married as children. Of those women, more than one in three – or some 250 million – were married before the age of 15. [9]


830 women die every day of the consequences of pregnancy and childbirth. [10]

WaterAid reported in 2012 that 48% of girls in Iran, 10% in India and 7% in Afghanistan believe menstruation is a disease. [11]






6 (figures from 2012)





11 WaterAid 2013, Menstrual Hygiene Matters