There are slightly more women than men in the world. I thought it would be good to look at how women are doing on a global scale. This is not an all-encompassing study but merely some facts to consider in the jobs and education.
Although women have made significant gains in the world since the 1990’s today, there are still places in the world where women aren’t allowed to drive a car, go out in public without their bodies almost entirely covered, or have access to public schools. There are still millions of women held in slavery.
There is still inequity in the workplace. The lowest percentages of inequities are in economically developed nations & the EU about 15%. It is highest in Middle East, North Africa & South Asia ranging from 55-49%. Other 2013 statistics for this area of the world include percent of females in total labor force 26-39% and percent of seats held by women in governing bodies: 9-15%
Global Unemployment rate for males is 5.7% and for females it’s 6.5%there are 126 million female entrepreneurs in 67 different economies (GEM 2012 Stats).This is out of 3,500,000.000 women in the world. Many of them work as independent sales agents for large multi-level marketing companies selling primarily to other women. There is job growth for women in areas of teaching, and craft related trades.
There are nations participating in strong measures to close the gender employment equity gap. They focus in four main areas: training programs specifically for women (5 nations), job creation (mostly low income jobs) (15 nations), maternity / child care programs (mostly for high income women), (10 nations), providing a legal framework to reduce discrimination (17 nations). This is out of the over 200 nations that currently exist on earth.
Women have made large gains in education over the past several decades but in terms of parity with men in enrollment in schools, there are still some nations where higher education is a rarity and in those instances women get a little more than 30% of the slots in colleges and universities. In the Middle East and North Africa, for instance, the education status of men to women compared to Low- Middle Income women worldwide: (Mena vs LMI), is as follows: primary / secondary school enrollment: 96-94%, literacy : 93-95%, percent of females in total labor force 26-39%,, percent of seats held by women in governing bodies: 9-15%
Globally Fertility and education have a direct impact on fertility among women and fertility rates have a direct impact on gender inequity. In most nations, women who are more highly educated, bear less children than their less educated counterparts. Globally, societies that have high fertility among women also have medium or high gender inequity. Nations with low fertility rates among women have a wide range of gender inequity percentages.
In conclusion, although Women are doing better than they have in decades past, they are still not on par with our planet’s males. This is especially true for poor, uneducated women with children. International Women’s Day may be witness to a lot of celebrations of accomplishments and accomplishments should be celebrated but we cannot forget that we have a long way to go in the global journey towards parity.
In True Faith,