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Infographic: The reality of violence against women

Jul 21, 2015

Often, discussions about equality center around leaning in, or whether or not the glass ceiling has got cracks in it. But for many women, the focus is on surviving everyday violence, assault and rape — a daily struggle that plays a part in keeping a billion people locked into poverty. Gary Haugen (TED Talk: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now) shares five shocking stats he hopes might help us pay closer attention.

Further reading:

1. In 2012, a woman died almost every hour in India in a dispute over a dowry. See this report from India’s National Crime Records Bureau.

2. In 2007, 48 women were raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo every hour. See “Estimates and Determinants of Sexual Violence Against Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” by Amber Peterman et al, American Journal of Public Health, June 2011.

3. In 2000, 46.7% of women surveyed in Cusco, Peru, had been victims of rape or attempted rape. See the 2002 report on sexual violence from the World Health Organization.

4. For many young women, the most common place where sexual violence occurs is in school. See the World Health Organization’s 2002 World Report on Violence and Health; see also the South African report, “The epidemiology of rape and sexual coercion in South Africa,” by Rachel Jewkes and Naeemah Abrahams, Social Science & Medicine, October, 2002.

5. 1 in 9 women in the developing world are married before the age of 15. See the fact sheet from the International Center for Research on Women.

Infographic by Josh Roos/TED. Photo credits: 1. Photo courtesy Bold Content Video/CC BY2. Photo courtesy Control Arms/CC BY3. Photo by Ivan Mlinaric/CC BY4. Photo by Pierre Holtz for UNICEF/ CC BY5. Photo by Salvatore D’Alia/CC BY.