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The Numbers Behind the Violence Against Women - Thursday

SSND delegation attending the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, from left: Ruth Djarbeng; Sister Sharon Kanis; SSND; Kelly Coons; Jussara Kramer; Natalie Gillard; Machan Bowman; Queenstar Akrong; Celesté Holmes-Tate; Chandler Ramey; Rachel De La Haya; Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND; Denise Hyland; Marie Diop; Mary Packard; Sister Arlene Flaherty, OP; and Raven Proctor. Not pictured: Sister Maureen Fleming, SSND, and Julie Gilberto-Brady.

"I will not be an observer; I will be a participant.”

The members of the SSND delegation attending the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women continued to live their mantra from the beginning of the week as they joined with representatives from all over the world in discussions of human trafficking, bullying, migrant issues and strategies to prevent violence against women and girls.




They have amassed an abundance of data and facts that illustrate the plight of women and girls in countries everywhere. Among them:

  • One in three women will be a victim of sexual violence in her lifetime
  • 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before age 18
  • 68 percent of the media around the world is produced in the United States, mainly by men with men as the lead
  • In the United States, women make 70 cents for every dollar earned by men
  • In Finland, 45 percent of boys and 37 percent of girls say they or someone they know has been a victim of cyber bullying
  • In 2006, half of the children in the world were living in countries where corporal punishment is still not banned
  • One of 10 students will change schools or drop out because of bullying
  • 80 percent of 10-year-olds have been on a diet to lose weight
  • In Canada, a woman is killed every six days by her lifetime partner
  • In Canada, on any given day, more than 3,000 women and 2,500 children are living in an emergency shelter  for victims of violence
  • Up to 200,000 women are missing from this world because they were killed when they were born or by forced abortion
  • In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, approximately 1,100 rapes are reported each month
  • Approximately 100-140 million women have been victim to genital mutilation
  • Every 15 seconds, a woman or girl in the United States is a victim of sexual violence


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