And then there’s this:
- Violence against women, girls, and trans* folks continues to be one of the biggest human rights violations in the world. This is true regardless of where a woman lives or how much money she makes. In fact, one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime.
- Girls can’t just be girls. Each year, over 15 million girls are married off before the age of 18. They are forced to drop out of school, if they were even able to attend school at all. They are denied basic levels of healthcare. They carry the burden of unpaid labour. Worse still: they are often aborted in utero for not being boys.
- Women and trans* human rights defenders are in constant fear for their lives. They can be (and have been) gunned down in their own homes, beat up by law enforcement officers, and threatened in the streets just for standing up for their rights.
- 200 million women and girls alive today are survivors of female genital mutilation.
- It is illegal to be gay in 77 countries around the world. In five of these countries, being an LGBT person could be a death sentence.
- Women in some countries are arrested for driving cars, attending sporting events, having a miscarriage, wearing pants, and/or leaving an abusive marriage. Don’t believe us?
Yet, the very women, girls, and trans* people who are the best equipped to find solutions to these problems have no money to do so. The organizations they lead often operate on less than $20,000 a year, and people don’t understand why the work they do is so gutsy and important.