March 8 is International Women's Day

It's no secret that there is a global disparity between opportunities for women and men. Women in developing nations, or in areas of extreme poverty, are particularly vulnerable to the gender gap. 

This Friday is International Women's Day, and the theme this year is "Balance for Better." The statistics below illustrate the imbalance we see in some countries today. But at GHNI, we're hopeful that someday soon, we'll see a balance for women and men in opportunity, education, income, and security. 


Since 2000, the percentage of girls in Lebanon progressing to secondary school has decreased, while the percentage of boys has increased.

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In Kenya, the unemployment rate is almost twice as high for women as it is for men.

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87% of married women in Bangladesh who were surveyed said they had been victims of violence within the previous 12 months.

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Although Myanmar ranks 106 out of 189 countries for gender inequality, it has made significant progress in recent generations, with the development of new policies & NGOs.

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The literacy rate for adult women in Afghanistan is estimated at only 17%.

Learn more about GHNI's women's centers in Afghanistan >


Data from World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations.