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Global Women's Issues
Transcript of Global Women's Issues
Trafficking Human trafficking is a type of slavery that involves the transport or trade of people for the purpose of work or sexual exploitation
Human trafficking is annually a $32 billion dollar global industry Solutions The UN, the US State Department and several NGO's have rallied to end human trafficking with such initiatives like:
Creating Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2007 that occurs annually on January 11th
Strengthening legislation that criminalize traffickers and buyers while protecting victims
Protecting and rehabilitating victims by providing them with secured safe homes and specialized services Such organization include:
Human Rights Watch (HRW)
U.S. State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Center for Women Policy Studies
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (Resource Center)
The Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking - under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
Global Fund for Women
United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Examples of Organizations Problem According to the U.N., about 2.5 million people around the world are ensnared in the web of human trafficking at any given time
Victims of this crime are primarily women and young girls Goals To eradicate the trafficking of women worldwide
To rescue and rehabilitate women who are victims of human trafficking
To educate people about this issue and how to prevent it Sexual Violence Violence against women is major public health
problem and a violation of human rights
Consequences range from physical, mental, sexual,
reproductive, and maternal health problems Problems Rape: Women everywhere live under the threat of rape.
In most countries, rape within marriage is not a crime.
700,000 rapes are estimated to occur in the US each year.
In 2001, only 39% of all rapes were reported to the police. Domestic Violence: For millions of women, the home
is the safest place they could be.
Dom. violence costs more than $1 billion a year in medical
35% of women who visit a hospital emergency room do
so because of domestic violence. Abuse: At least one woman in three has been
beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Oppressive Cultural Traditions such as Female
Genital Mutilation are especially problematic.
An estimated 140 million girls and women are currently
living with the consequences of FGM. Women's Education Problems Solutions Increased education to promote awareness about
sexual violence against women.
Political and judicial support for women who
come forwards as victims.
Support of international organizations to help
those have been victims of sexual abuse.
Ending gender discrimination that perpetuates
the violence Goals To end or prevent sexual violence against
women both inside and outside the home.
To help women come forward when they
have been sexually abused or assaulted. Examples of Organizations WHO (World Health Organization)
Office on Violence Against Women
Human Rights Watch
NOW (National Organiztion for Women)
VAW (Violence Against Women) Workforce Examples of Organizations
ILRF (International Labor Rights for working women
NOW's women friendly workplace Problems
denied rights to equal pay and regular working hours
- in the United States, women only make 75.5 cents
to every man's dollar
- the biggest gender wage gap was in South Korea and
Japan where wages were 30% higher, smallest in belgium
where the gap is 9.3%
- in the United Kingdom, in a research study
31% of female workers reported they had been harassed
at work, 43% harrased by a supervisor, 27% were harassed
by an employee senior to them
other disadadvantages may include
less benefits, not always granted social security
especially temporary jobs, healthcare, and programs for
the working mom women still face many inequalites and discrimination in the workplace including enormous wage gaps, lack of benefits, and sexual discrimination Goals
Fighting inequalities in the workplace
to provide a safe working environment for women
To create equal benefits and working opportunities
and to minimize gender discrimination in the application process Solutions
supporting organizations that help
raise awareness and fight inequalities of
(For example NOW created a campaign
by holding forums to raise awareness,
targeting businesses and politicians to sign and support the cause)
increasing child-bearing programs
that will help alleviate stress of working mothers Historically, women have been displaced in the educational world.
Because in so many cases, the educational system is an institution of social and cultural reproduction, all societal gender inequities are replicated within global schooling. It is imperative that women gain equivalent access and opportunity to receive educations equal to those of men. In accord, women must be capable of making informed decisions in all sectors of life and of gaining social mobility. Goals Today, because women have little or no access to education:
women are more than 1.5 times as likely as men to contract HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa.
millions of women in the U.S cannot understand practical health information.
more than 10,000 girls a day will get married before age 15.
more than the 60% of children out of school are girls.
one in three females in the developing world earns less than $2 a day. To grant every woman of the world an education. A proper education offers every woman life knowledge. With such knowledge comes the capability to make informed decisions about the future. By improving educational opportunities for girls and women, females develop necessary skills to protect themselves against: trafficking, sexual exploitation, HIV/AIDS, and all other global crimes against women. Education promotes change towards acheiving social justice. Programs World Education, a global program, has specific sectors
devoted to women's educational issues. WE helps young girls enroll and stay in school, and helps women gain access to new educational opportunities. Through such opportunities, women gain further access to financial and social resources. Utilizing education as a social tool, such an organization helps women improve their own lives, the lives of their families, and the conditions within their communities. Furthermore, by educationally assisting one generation, daughters to come are being helped.
Ambassador's Girls Scholarship Program - helping girls stay in school.
South India Child Initiative - helping human trafficking, exploitation, and child labor.
Saving Women's Lives - helping reduce female vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. Public Health Problems Global woman's public health faces
-Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis
-Sexual & Reproductive Health Solutions Numereous organizations are working globally
to face the public health problems that women face on
a day to day basis. Some include:
-Global Women's Health Fellowship
-International Women's Health Coalition
-Global Health Council
These organizations focus on a partnership between the
public and private sectors in order to bring aid to the
under-served and the under-attended.
Through health promotion, education, advocacy, and
program implementation, these organizations are
attacking women's public health issues from every angle. Goals -Empowerment of women and families
-Promote health at all life stages
The overarching goal is to provide aid but
also education and awareness so that women
are able to understand these issues themselves. kk