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“I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.” ~ B.R. Ambedkar

Global Citizen, a community of people who want to learn and take action on the world’s biggest challenges, has dedicated June 2015 to girls and women and in doing so putting the spotlight on issues affecting girls and women across the globe. B.R. Ambedkar, an Indian socio-political reformer said “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.” In developed countries, women have come a long way compared to the rest of the world. A UNESCO report found that 31 million girls of primary school age were not in school, and about one out of every four young women in developing countries had never completed their primary school education. Educated women are more likely to get married later, survive childbirth, raise healthy kids, find work and earn more money.

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Women earn only one tenth of the world’s income despite working two thirds of the total work hours. Women’s earning make more of an impact then men’s as they’re likely to invest more of their money back into their families and communities. 225 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for family planning, contributing to 74 million unplanned pregnancies and 36 million abortions every year. Helping women take charge of family-planning needs would reduces unsafe abortions and maternal deaths by over 70%. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 800 women die every day from preventable, pregnancy-related causes. According to WHO 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. From domestic abuse and rape to sexual trafficking, gender-based violence denies many women the right to live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

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An estimated 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020 . Girls who marry before age 18 are typically denied an education, at risk of complications related to childbearing and childbirth, and more vulnerable to intimate partner violence. Equality is a recurring issue when it comes to women and girls — whether it’s unequal access to schooling for girls in developing countries or unequal pay for women in the workplace.

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Like Ambedkar said, the progress of a society can be measured by the progress it’s women have made. When a woman is lifted above the constrains of the above-described issues, the family progresses, as in most communities across the globe, even though most societies are patriarchal, women wield a strong influence within the family unit and are co-captains of the ship even if it may not seem so as they are often in the background, quietly doing their parts in holding the family unit together and steering it forward. And with an empowered woman, a family progresses and then you will see communities progressing. Let’s all join hands to support to uplift girls and women around the world.

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