GENDER EQUALITY

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Globally, 750 million women and girls were married before the age of 18 and at least 200 million women and girls in 30 countries have undergone FGM.

The rates of girls between 15-19 who are subjected to FGM (female genital mutilation) in the 30 countries where the practice is concen-trated have dropped from 1 in 2 girls in 2000 to 1 in 3 girls by 2017. In 18 countries, husbands can legally prevent their wives from working; in 39 countries, daughters and sons do not have equal inheritance rights; and 49 countries lack laws protecting women from domestic violence.

One in five women and girls, including 19 per cent of women and girls aged 15 to 49, have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner within the last 12 months. Yet, 49 countries have no laws that specifically protect women from such violence. While women have made important inroads into political office across the world, their representation in national parliaments at 23.7 percent is still far from parity.

More than 100 countries have taken action to track budget allocations for gender equality.

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