We live in this world

29 Sep

did you know

Did you know?

• 100 million girls are missing due to female infanticide.

• 62 million girls of primary school age are out of school.

• 20 to 50% of girls have experienced sexual abuse from a family member.

• Every 3 seconds, a girl under 18 is forced or coerced to marry.

• Every year, 10 million girls under 18 are forced or coerced into marriage. 1 in 7 marries before they reach the age of 15.

• 1.2 million children are trafficked each year and 98% of those forced into commercial sexual exploitation are girls.

• The leading cause of death for young women aged 15 to 19 in developing countries is pregnancy.

• 36% of girls aged 15 – 19 in Africa and the Middle East have experienced female genital mutilation.

• By 2014, 64% of the world’s illiterate population will be female.

This is why your voice matters!

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One Response to “We live in this world”

  1. herunveiling November 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    What blinding blackness is this? For In slavery, chains weighed heavily on her and she bowed. In Apartheid she scrubbed broken hope of the floors of her oppressor, head bowed. In wars she looked to the ground hoping for earth to cover her naked shame as her kindred violated her. In religion she bowed in submission to a man who knew nothing about God’s love. In revolution, street marches and dialogue she dances on poles, poses in seductive teases, starves her broken body on cat walks, moves to the tune of demeaning lyrics, bends over, twerks and dies when the boss smiles like a cat. She bows, with her legs tied together as blood runs down her legs, the cut still stinging and the man eagerly waiting. She bows as her father walks away with a new herd and his friend places his hands on her shoulders. She bows in pain as new life tares her small body, her canal too small to make a mother. She bows, she weeps, she waits for the seed to sprout and the shoot to push passed the tear soaked earth and awaken; a dawn.

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