Facts and Figures

What do you need to know?

To help give you the big picture, here is some basic information about global poverty, the unique vulnerabilities of women and girls and current U.S. foreign assistance efforts.

  • The U.S. foreign assistance budget comprises just 1 percent of the federal budget – just one cent of every budget dollar. 

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  • The world is currently facing the biggest refugee crisis in our history with more than 65 million displaced people. Over 20 million people face famine conditions in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia.

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  • 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.

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  • One million newborns die every year on their day of birth, and close to two million die in the first week of life. Most of these deaths are preventable.

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  • Child marriage affects 15 million girls annually, impeding their educations, livelihoods and choice of when, if and whom to marry. Girls who marry young are more likely to face domestic violence and negative health consequences resulting from early pregnancy and childbirth.

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  • Globally, 1.2 billion people live in absolute poverty and most of them are women and girls.

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  • Over 795 million people around the world do not have enough food to eat.

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  • At least one out of three women globally has experienced gender-based violence in her lifetime.

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  • Every 90 seconds, a woman dies from a pregnancy related complication. These deaths are almost entirely preventable. Access to contraception could prevent up to 30% of maternal deaths per year.

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