Gender Inequality: A Global Issue
- One in three women are subjected to physical or sexual violence in their lifetime and up to 10 million girls will be at risk of child marriage over the next decade.
- Women spend 2.5 times as many hours as men on unpaid domestic and care work — this disparity is growing due to the pandemic, squeezing more women out of the labour force.
- Women represent only 25.6% of national parliaments, 36.3% of local governments, and 28.2% of management positions.
- More women than men graduate from higher learning but receive a lower than average graduate salary — Victorian women earn 87.6 cents to every dollar earned by men.
- Boys typically receive eight times more attention in the classroom than girls.
- Girls are more likely to opt out of intensive maths subjects in the final years of school.
- Boys in the US and Australia are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with a behaviour disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.
- 50% of mothers experience discrimination during pregnancy, on parental leave, or when returning to work.
- The gender pay gap and reduced employment opportunities mean that women retire with half the savings of men, impacting their financial security, health, and wellbeing, and increasing the risk of homelessness.
- In Australia, Indigenous women are more than three times likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous women.
- Three in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a male intimate partner.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are eleven times more likely to die as a result of assault.
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