Thursday, February 28, 2008

The plight of women in Afghanistan

These statistics hit me pretty hard:
87: The percentage of Afghan women who report suffering physical abuse, half of which is sexual.
-60: The percentage of marriages in Afghanistan that are forced.
-57: The percentage of Afghan brides who are under the age of 16.
-88: The illiteracy rate amongst Afghan women.
-5: The percentage of Afghan girls attending secondary school.
-1 in 9: The number of women in Afghanistan who die in childbirth — that’s the highest in the world, alongside Sierra Leone.
-1 Million: The number of Afghan widows who have no rights, including no right to work — leaving them to beg on the street.
-£800 to £2,000: The price of a child bride if Afghanistan.
Statistics were compiled on Feministe from this article at AlterNet.

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