Ten reasons why it's hard to be a woman

Topic Selected: Gender Equality

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1     Women perform 66% of the world’s work and produce 50% of the food but earn only 10% of the income and own just 1% of the property.
2     Despite progress, men still outnumber women in paid work, and women are often relegated to vulnerable forms of employment, with inadequate earnings, benefits and working conditions. The share of women in paid non-agricultural employment is still languishing at 20% in South Asia, North Africa and Western Asia. In the UK, more than 40 years after the Equal Pay Act, women working full-time are still paid an average of 15.5% less per hour than men – the equivalent of men being paid all year round while women work for free after 2 November.
3     Though the proportion of female representatives in national parliaments worldwide continues to rise slowly, it still stands at just 19%. Women also account for just 16% of ministerial posts. At 20% and 17% respectively, the figures for the UK

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