Women and girls routinely face discrimination throughout their whole lives. According to UNESCO, 63 million girls around the world have no primary or lower secondary education and as a consequence, many cannot read or write. Globally, 700 million girls are forced into marriage, often to much older men.
Additionally, women regularly face entrenched discrimination which leads to violence. For example, in France, a woman dies of domestic violence every 2.7 days. According to the World Health Organization, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. Sexual violence is sometimes used as a political weapon, to prevent women from taking part in public affairs or as a strategy of armed conflicts.
Being born a girl means clearing a lot of hurdles in life – and, for those who escape the hurdles listed above, they never stop fighting for equal pay, equal opportunities and equal rights. In OECD countries, women’s salaries are, on average, 15 per cent less than those of men.
Therefore, the struggle of women’s rights cannot be the fight of just one day, but should be fought for every day. On this International Women’s Rights Day, check out a video highlighted by our grantee La Fédération Internationale des ligues des Droits de l'Homme, calling us into action.