The 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development was published recently. It has really interesting findings about the state of women in the world today, which doesn’t exactly look that great overall. The report looks at a wide range of areas such as education, health, and work.
So, it seems that some things like education access has improved, yet gaps remain in many areas.
The website has an interactive page with statistics, maps and graphs as well as a recommendations part for policy makers. Maybe if enough people talk about it, someone will take the recommendations into good use.
I’ll leave you with some disappointing facts that Feministing.org points out from the report:
* Women represent 40% of the world’s labor force but hold just 1% of the world’s wealth.
* There are 3.9 million “missing” women and girls under 60 years old every year in developing countries.
* Over a third of women die in their reproductive years.