Saturday, January 12, 2008

The harsh reality of women's right

The harsh reality of women's right

There has been no dearth of movements and organisations working for the rights, upliftment, liberation and emancipation of women. There is a lot of hue and cry about their status, role and rights. Inspite of all this the women related statistics make a dismal reading.

  • 5,000 brides are murdered or commit suicide in relation to dowry every year in India.
  • Female foeticide is rampant in India and China. Of 8,000 abortions conducted at a clinic in Mumbai, 7,999 were female fetuses.
  • Some 600,000 women - die each year from pregnancy related causes, most of which are preventable.
  • 70% of world illiterates are women.
  • 70% of people in abject poverty are women.
  • Only 1% of world assets are held by women.
  • In Africa for every HIV infected male there are six HIV infected females.
  • 50% to 75% women experience domestic voilence.
  • Nearly 30% marriages end in divorce in the west.
  • Half the population on globe lacks basic sanitation and 1/3 of the world population is without safe drinking water.
  • Basic education for all would cost $6 billion and water and sanitation for all would cost $9 billion.
  • Reproductive health service for all women would cost $12 million annually.

But Annually,

  • $700 billion spent on world’s militaries
  • $400 billion spent on narcotic drugs.
  • $50 billion spent on cigarettes.
  • $33 billion spent on cosmetics and weight loss programs
  • $17 billion spent on pet food.
  • $12 billion is spent on perfume in Europe and USA.
  • $11 billion is spent on ice cream in Europe.

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