International Women's Day 2018

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On 8 March each year we celebrate the great achievements of women throughout the world. There have been notable success stories within the last year, including the Me Too campaign that allowed many women to speak up about the harassment they’ve suffered at the hands of men for the first time.

This year’s theme is #pressforprogress and we need more improvements to the lives of women across the world and in Yorkshire. Here are some gripping  facts about women and girls.

1.       Women in the equivalent position will earn 14% less than their male counterpart in the UK, this equates to 51 ‘free’ days worked each year.

2.     An extra year of education can help a girl earn 15-25% more as an adult, according to UNICEF. 

3.     Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school, according to UNICEF.

4.     Worldwide, 62 million girls are out of school, according to the United Nations Girls Education Initiative.

5.     Girls who complete secondary school are 6x less likely to become child brides, according to Girls Not Brides.

6.     If present trends continue, 142 million girls around the world will be married before the age of 18 by 2020, according to United Nations Population Fund.

7.      Worldwide, an estimated 5,000 women and girls are murdered every year for a perceived dishonor to their families, according to United Nations Population Fund.

8.     Domestic violence is not yet considered a crime in more than 20 countries, according to the Huffington Post.

9.     Women make 20% less than men and won't reach pay equity until 2059 if current conditions persist, according to AAUW.