International Women’s Day

March 8th is the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day! It observes and brings awareness to the struggles of women for equality and empowerment across the world. Women work 2/3 of the world’s working hours and produce 1/2 of the world’s food, yet earn only 10 percent of the world’s income and own less than 1 percent of the world’s property in this day of age.

Concerning health, there are many global disparities and issues of concern.  About 99% of maternal deaths are preventable, but every minute a woman dies from pregnancy-related causes. Worldwide, young women (15 – 24) are 1.6 times as likely as young men to be HIV positive. Every 14 seconds, another child becomes an orphan due to AIDS-related deaths.

Here are some maps online concerning women’s health across the World and the United States:

1. World’s Abortion Laws Map

2. Women Living with HIV/AIDS (Aged 15 and Over)

3. Condom Use by Women

4. Mapping Our Rights

5.  Atlas of Birth

6. Women’s reproductive rights in the US

Source: Bill Text – International Women’s Day; Google -100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day; BBC

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern.


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