According to the 2015 UN Millennium Development Goals report, women and girls now have access to more education, economic opportunities, and political power than ever before in human history. However, despite monumental leaps in gender equality in the past two decades, women and girls are still disproportionately affected by extreme poverty.
Economic inequality. Women and girls are still more likely to live in poverty than their male counterparts. This is true in 54 percent of countries that track data. Globally, women still earn 24 percent less than men, and are more likely to be unemployed, underemployed, or excluded from the workforce than their male counterparts.
Childbirth and maternal care. In the developing world, the likelihood that a woman will die in childbirth is 14 times higher than in the developed world. Almost all maternal deaths (99%) occur in developing countries. In 2015, 303,000 —or 830 women each day — died from childbirth complications that have mostly been eliminated in the developed world.
Contraception and family planning. In 2015, 12 percent of married or partnered women who wanted to avoid pregnancy did not have access to birth control and related health care services.
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