Why Invest in Women?

Infographic; Why Invest in Women

Aid programs that provide women opportunities to better their health, education, and well-being have effects far beyond a single individual. A woman multiplies the impact of an investment made in her future by extending benefits to the world around her, creating a better life for her family and building a strong community.

  • 99% of maternal deaths occur in the developing world.
  • Adequate health care, a skilled birth attendant and emergency care help prevent maternal deaths.
  • 1 in 5 girls in developing countries who enroll in primary school never finish.
  • When 10% more girls go to school, a country's GDP increases on average by 3%.
  • 1 in 7 girls will marry before they are 15 in the developing world.
  • Girls who stay in school for seven or more years, marry four years later and have two fewer children.
  • Women make up nearly 52% of the global total of people living with HIV.
  • Current approaches to preventing mother-to-child HIV reansmissions are 98% effective.
  • Women make up 43% of the agriculture labor force. However, women are less likely to own land, and own fewer amounts of land when they do.
  • When women have the same amount of land as men, there is over 10% increase in crop yields.
  • Women comprise only 18.9% of the world's legislators.
  • Countries where women's share of seats in political bodies is greater than 30% are more inclusive, egalitarian, and democratic.

Last updated: October 29, 2015

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