As you may know, March 8 is International Women’s Day, and Yoga Without Borders has invited us to celebrate freedom, peace, justice, safety, health, opportunity, equality, and empowerment for women worldwide by joining us for the:
ALL DONATIONS going towards Yoga Without Borders. (A humanitarian service organization, dedicated to the alleviation of poverty, the eradication of violence against girls and women worldwide, and the advancement of education, equal opportunity and dignity for all. It is a not-for-profit charitable foundation, registered in Canada. )
Facebook event- https://www.facebook.com/events/205067470043712/
HERE is WHY International Women’s Day is Crucial:
Facts About Violence and Discrimination Against Women and Girls
• Over 130 million girls and women living today have been subjected to female genital mutilation.
• Every year, 15 million girls are forced into marriage and virtual slavery. That’s 28 girls a minute.
• There are over 700 million women today, who were subjected to child marriage (married before the age of 18).
• 1 in 3 women experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner.
• Systematic, mass rape of women and girls is a predominant weapon of modern war.
• Every day, approximately 830 women and girls die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
• Adult women account for almost half of all human trafficking victims detected globally. Women and girls together account for about 70 per cent of trafficking victims.
• Women spend an average of 4.5 hours a day on unpaid work. Men spend less than half that much time.
• Globally, women are paid less than men. Women in most countries earn on average only 60 to 75 per cent of men’s wages.
• Poverty is not gender neutral. There are over 1 billion people in the world who live on less than $1.25 per day. 70% are women.
Women are warriors for peace, survivors, leaders, and agents of change, not victims.
• As women are disproportionately affected by poverty and climate change, it’s imperative to bring their experiences, wisdom, creativity, and voices to the table for sustainable solutions.
• Women’s economic equality is good for business. Companies greatly benefit from increasing leadership opportunities for women, which is shown to increase organizational effectiveness. It is estimated that companies with three or more women in senior management functions score higher in all dimensions of organizational effectiveness.
• Greater control over household resources by women can enhance countries’ growth prospects by changing spending in ways that benefit children. Evidence from countries as varied as Brazil, China, India, South Africa, and the United Kingdom shows that when women control more household income, children benefit as a result of more spending on food and education.
• Women make the most significant contributions to food security by producing more than half the world’s food and by providing more than 80 percent of the food needs of food-insecure households and regions.
• Women’s participation in peace processes increased by 20 per cent the likelihood of a peace agreement lasting at least two years, and by 35 per cent the probability of it lasting 15 years.
• Research shows that every single additional year of education for women of reproductive age decreases child mortality by 9.5 percent.