Development & Education

8 depressing/uplifting things we learned about women this year

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Across Women's Lives

This story is a part of

Across Women's Lives

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2015 was both a good and bad year for women around the world.

Here's a gentle reminder: The current world population is around 7,350,000,000 and women make up 49.6 percent of it.

And that's it. Aside from that 50/50 split, women around the world don't enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men, from politics and economics to basic needs like access to education and safety in their own homes.

In 2015, while many old barriers remained strong, women made significant inroads in their journey towards equality. 

We've highlighted eight positives and negatives about women's issues across the globe in 2015 that we think you should know moving into 2016. 

2/3 of the world's illiterate population are female.

Source: Education for All Global Monitoring Report

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Anne Bailey

Read more about the progress women have made since the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing. 

Read more about the alarming rise in maternal mortality in the US.

64% of women's work globally is unpaid.
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Kuang Keng Kuek Ser

How much of your work as a woman is unpaid? Find out here.

1/3 of girls in the developing world are married before the age of 18.

Source: International Center for Research on Women

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Kuang Keng Kuek Ser

Anti-domestic violence laws are increasing globally.
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Anne Bailey

Despite this global trend, one anti-domestic violence law on the books in Nicaragua is weakening. Learn more.

The number of women in prison globally increased more than 40% between 2000 and 2013.
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Anne Bailey

 Women at one prison in northern Thailand are getting a second chance through massage. Read the full story

Maternity leave is on the rise globally.
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Anne Bailey

In Japan, pregnant women and new moms still face harassment at work. Read the full story

Women in Saudi Arabia ran and voted in elections for the first time.
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Anne Bailey

Saudi women still have a long way to go to gender equality though. Learn more here and here