The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022 (IWD 2022) is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response to build a more sustainable future for all.
In 2015 there were only 21 female heads of state in the entire world. Although women make up 49.6% of the world’s population, only 11 women served as heads of state in 2015, whilst 10 served as heads of government. Worldwide, only 22% of parliamentarians are female.
Over 150 countries have at least one actively sexist law
Each minute, 28 girls are married before they are ready
1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime
In most countries, women only earn between 60 and 75% of men’s wages – for the same work
There are approximately 781 million illiterate adults worldwide – two-thirds of whom are women