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Gender-based violence kills one in three women across the world and is the biggest cause of injury and death to women worldwide, causing more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war

99% of the half a million maternal deaths every year occur in developing countries Although 48% of law school graduates and 45% of law firm associates are female, women make up only 22% of federallevel and 26% of state-level judgeships in the US

On average, women live six to eight years longer than men globally Of the world’s 979 million illiterate adults, two-thirds are women

2.1 billion women live on less than two dollars a day, and 330 million women live on less than a dollar a day

24% of women in Peru, 28% in Tanzania, 30% in Bangladesh, and 40% in South Africa reported that their first sexual experience was forced

Parents in countries such as China and India sometimes use sex determination tests to find out if their fetus is a girl. Of 8,000 fetuses aborted at a Bombay clinic, 7,999 were female Pregnancy-related In 2003, at least 54 countries had discriminatory laws against women

complications are a leading cause of death among girls aged 15–19 years in developing countries; unsafe abortion – provided by unskilled persons in unhygienic conditions – contributes substantially to these deaths


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