Social Facts

Social Facts

Poverty is a complex issue. Social facts are just one in a long list of contributing factors. Learn the facts about social issues affecting children in poverty and understand better how you can make a difference in their lives.

Children living in poverty face a variety of social facts that complicate their lives. Gender inequality, high birth rate, violence, conflict and human rights violations are a few among many social issues faced by children living in developing countries.

Children sponsored through Compassion have a chance to change some of the facts about social issues in their lives. Sponsored children recieve education, health care and vocational training to help them escape the cycle of poverty and overcome social obstacles.

With the right resources, many of the facts about social issues are easily addressed and overcome. When you sponsor a child through Compassion, you allow that child to experience something incredible - a life free from the relentless cycle of poverty.

Social Facts
Social Facts Get the facts about social issues in developing countries and how they affect children and their families.
  • Approximately half the world’s population now lives in cities and towns.
  • 2.6 billion people or 39 percent of the world’s population live without access to improved sanitation. The vast majority live in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • 751 million people share their sanitation facilities with other households or only use public facilities.
  • Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among poorer communities.
  • The majority of the world’s poor are women.
  • On average, women live six to eight years longer than men globally.
  • Women’s life expectancy at birth is more than 80 years in 35 countries, but only 54 years in the WHO African Region.
  • Girls are far more likely than boys to suffer sexual abuse.
  • At least one out of every three women in the world has been raped, beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise violently abused in her lifetime.
  • An estimated one in five women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.
  • Around the world, 215 million women want to prevent pregnancy but are not using any method of contraception.
  • The average income of the richest 10 percent of the population is about nine times that of the poorest 10 percent, up from seven times 25 years ago.
  • Women occupy only 18 percent of parliamentary seats around the world.
  • 2 million children died as a result of armed conflict during the past decade and another six million were injured or disabled, according to UNICEF estimates.

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