Women are expendable. Women are disposable people. Women are not worthy of being educated.
In many places, women are not given access to healthcare. Why spend money on her? Every year 500,000 women die in childbirth. Every year, 130 million women are subjected to female genital mutilation–taken at the tender age of five or eight years old and cut.
All over the world women are being mistreated. Subjected to brutality. And forced to accept their destiny. Given little to no rights and few privileges.
Can you imagine being sold into a brothel, beaten if you don’t bring in enough money, or forced to work even if you are sick? Can you imagine being in a marriage where your husband has the right to kill you?
In fact, 70% of the world’s poor people are women. And that includes American women.
Ironically women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours. And we produce half of the world’s food. And what do women earn? Only 10% of the world’s income–on average, half of what men earn. And women own less than one percent of the world’s property.
Yet women give life. And not just to children. Women give life to the family and the communities they live in.
Women and girls, if given education are the key to economic growth and to change.
Last night I watched the Half The Sky documentary. While I knew of many of the issues, facing women and girls today, Half the Sky is eye opening and hopeful. In the face of unfathomable injustice, some women are rising to say no more.
You need to read the Pulitzer prize-winning book “Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. You need to watch the documentary because it’s startling.
You can join the Half The Sky Movement by buying for good, volunteering, donating, and more. If women stand together, we can make change and progress for the greater whole.
It’s time for the world to address this kind of injustice.