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Unicef – Voice of Youth: State of the World’s Children 2007

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 20, 2007


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Fact sheet

  • The total number of female heads of state or government in the world is 14 out of 192 UN Member States. While this number is small, female government leadership was unheard of less than 50 years ago.
  • It is estimated that women make up nearly two thirds of the people in the world who are illiterate (cannot read or write).
  • Women and children account for 80 per cent of civilian casualties during armed conflict.
  • In South Asia, where the education gap is widest, men spend an average of 2.5 years more in school than women.
  • In some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, on average, children with uneducated mothers are at least twice as likely to be out of primary school than children whose mothers attended primary school.
  • In Cameroon, women who earn money typically spend 74 per cent of it on food for their families, while men only spend about 22 per cent.
  • In some countries in the Middle East and North Africa, it is estimated that women’s earned income is about 30 per cent that of men’s.
  • One out of every 16 sub-Saharan African women will die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth, compared to just 1 out of every 4,000 in industrialized countries.
  • A study from Gujarat, India, reports that about 50 per cent of women interviewed felt unable to take a sick child to the doctor without the approval of their husband or parent-in-law.
  • While more than 80 per cent of Latin American countries have specific legislation against domestic violence, this is true of less than 5 per cent of countries in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Africa and East Asia and the Pacific.

State of the World’s Children 2006

State of the World’s Children 2005

UNICEF India – Country Statistics

IEC eWarehouse (a user-friendly digital repository of information, education and communication (IEC) materials)

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