We live in a world of 7 billion.
In this world, almost 1000 women die every day due to pregnancy and childbirth. This is without mentioning all the thousands of women who, every single day, become injured severely, leaving a physical, social and psychological impact in their lives and the lives of their families. One of these injuries, called Obstetric Fistula, is one of the most neglected public health problems of our time.
In our world of 7 billion, babies are born every minute, and every minute abortions take place. Every year 20 million women have an unsafe abortion. Count to 480. A woman has died due to an unsafe abortion. In some parts of our world, prenatal sex selection is common, due to a preference for boys, leading to disproportionate sex ratios and a large deficit of girls and women in society.
You may recognize these problems in your society, you may not. That is because these problems persist in some parts of the world, whereas a small part of the world may not have even heard of them. Check out this graph created at gapminder.com, showing the maternal mortality ratio across the world. There is a clear regional inequality.
The empowerment of women and girls is essential to change the world we are living in. We all need to understand that wherever we are, we are linked to women and girls who are reminded daily of these inequalities. And maybe, these girls and women are not aware that it is an inequality and that they have possibilities to be empowered.
This is a blog to remind us of the world we are living in. It is a blog to show what happens when girls and women are empowered, how they can change society. This is also a blog to share progress being made and positive results we are reaching, and to acknowledge the people and organizations behind the progress. Hopefully, it is a blog that can help to eradicate the dangerous mentality that “this has nothing to do with me” and hopefully, it can inspire you to make a difference for girls on our globe.
Welcome to Girls’ Globe!