Improving the lives of Women and GirlsSoroptimist International of the Americas, Inc. Western Canada Region
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12 reasons Women & Girls Need Our HELP

  1. One in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetime.
  2. Of the 600,000-800,000 people trafficked across international borders annually, 80 percent are female.
  3. Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours but earn only 10 percent of the world’s income, and own less than 1 percent of the world’s property.
  4. Of a total 550 million working poor, 330 million (60 percent) are women.
  5. The United Nations estimates that globally women’s unpaid care is worth up to $11 trillion annually.
  6. Two-thirds of the 880 million illiterate adults are women.
  7. Of the more than 110 million children not in school, approximately 60 percent are girls.
  8. By age 18, girls have received an average of 4.4 years less education than boys.
  9. In some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls have HIV rates up to five times higher than adolescent boys.
  10. Pregnancies and childbirth-related health problems take the lives of nearly 146,000 teenage girls each year.
  11. An estimated 450 million adult women in developing countries are stunted, a direct result of malnutrition in early life.
  12. Two million girls and women are subjected to female genital mutilation every year, and thousands suffer needlessly from obstetric fistula.

Through ¬†club projects that benefit women and girls, and by honoring women who help women and girls, Soroptimist clubs and members improve the status of women and girls. Soroptimist projects and programs such as our Women’s Opportunity Award aid women economically, and empower them to make positive changes in their lives and their communities.

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