OF THE WORLD - STATISTICS
(The following data were compiled from
U.N. sources by Women's Feature Service)
transmission is the leading cause of HIV
for women. Worldwide, 3,000 women are infected
daily with the virus that causes AIDS.
the estimated $2 billion spent annually
on AIDS prevention, only about 10 percent
is spent in the developing world, where
85 percent of infections occur.
million to 114 million women and girls have
undergone female genital mutilation worldwide;
each year an estimated 2 million more girls
suffer the practice in Africa, Asia or as
immigrants or refugees in Europe and North
mortality rates have nearly halved since
1970, yet approximately 500,000 women still
die from causes related to pregnancy and
childbirth every year, 1,500 every day.
woman's risk of dying in childbirth in a
developing country is 1 in 25-40, compared
with 1 in 3,000 in developed countries.
is estimated that one-fourth of women worldwide
are physically battered.
India, 6,200 dowry deaths were reported
in 1994 - or an average of 17 married women
were killed daily for failure to make dowry
payments to the husband's family.