International Women's Day

Its Time

A world with true gender equality is a world where girls are encouraged to stay in school and can contribute to the welfare and economic growth of their nation. It is a world where no woman has to fear for her safety at home, on the street or in the workplace.

A truly equal world is one where women's voices are not only present but are heard around board tables or in government and are instrumental in creating and moulding policies that indirectly and directly affect them.

In order to make this world a reality we need everyone regardless of nationality, race or gender on board.

It is time to take action and create the world we all deserve.


The Facts

Gender equality and inclusion form the bedrock of sustainable human development.

Countless studies tell us that when women are treated as equals in society, with respect and with dignity - communities thrive.

While there has been significant progress towards achieving gender equality across the world, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #5 - it is clear there is much work to be done. 

Focusing on four key areas; violence against women, business, education and leadership, we've taken a global view of the current climate surrounding women rights.

Violence Against Women
Women in Business
Women and Education
Women and Education
Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women

Violence against women has reached epidemic proportions across the world. It affects women regardless of nationality, age or race.

3 million women and girls experience FGM every single year. In countries where the practice is most prevalent, 1 in 3 girls suffer from FGM.

Violence against women can happen anywhere at anytime. 1 in 3 women worldwide will or have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The perpetrators of this violence are usually intimate partners or family members.

Despite significant progress, it is still legal to rape your spouse in 10 countries.

Women in Business

Women face severe legal, economic and social obstacles in the workplace.

Only 6 countries give women the same legal work rights as men.

A woman’s decision to join or remain in work is limited by law in 40% of the world's economies.  Equal pay has still not been achieved, with women earning 23% less than men globally. This inequality is deepened as women spend 3 times as many hours as men each day in unpaid care and domestic work.

Even when women manage to create their own businesses they only receive 1% of venture capital funding in comparison to the 89% that goes to all-male founded teams.

Women in Business
Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership

Despite accounting for more than half of the world’s population, women occupy only 24% of parliamentary seats worldwide.

Less than 30% of government ministers are women, and account for less than 10% of heads of states.

When women do successfully win a seat in parliament, 82% of them experience some form of psychological violence such as death threats and cyber bullying whilst serving their terms in office.

Women and Education

Education is critical for independence, financial autonomy and a country’s economic development, yet women are disproportionately barred from receiving it.

Globally, 750 million adults are illiterate. Two thirds of them are women. Women are often constrained to domestic work.

More than 48.1% of adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa remain out of school. Every year, 15 million girls under the age of 18 are forced into marriage. That means on average 41,000 girls become child brides every day.

Women and Education

Around the World

The One Young World community is made up of over 12,000 passionate young leaders, our One Young World Ambassadors.

They are located across the world, each working to create a more sustainable future. From campaigning to end violence against women and the dangerous practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), to empowering women in the workplace - our global community is already doing incredible work on a global scale to champion women's rights.


Introducing Action 10

Meet the One Young World Ambassadors advocating for a fairer, more inclusive, world.

Fighting to eliminate gender based violence

Ten One Young World Ambassadors stepping up to tackle the global challenge of Violence Against Women through innovation, activism and advocacy.

Voices of the One Young World Community

Freddie Ransome

Creator & Producer

Isra Chaker

Civil Rights Activist and Senior Migration and Protection Campaign Lead at Oxfam America

Grace Forrest

Founding Director at Walk Free Foundation

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

US Senator for New York

Farhana Muna

Mental Health Advocate and Founder of Munatic

Leigh-Anne Pinnock

1/4 of Little Mix and Co founder of In a Seashell

Professor Thuli Madonsela

Chief Patron of The Thuli Madonsela Foundation

Luke Hart

Domestic Abuse Survivor, Violence Against Women Advocate

Kate Robertson

Co-founder, One Young World

Dickel Dia

Founder of APHY

Amanda Nguyen

CEO and Founder of Rise

Dame Vivian Hunt

Managing Partner UK and Ireland for McKinsey & Company

Wubetu Shimelash

Founder of Simien Eco Trek

Ronelle King

Founder of Life in Leggings and Pink Parliament

Breshna Musazai

Peace and Education Advocate

Jazz Jennings

Transgender and Queer Rights Activist

Mary Helda Akongo

Fundi Girls Lead at Fundi Bots

Jemima Lovatt

End Domestic Abuse Campaigner

Izzy Obeng

Founding Director at Foundervine

Shilpa Yarlagadda

Founder of Shiffon Co.

Monica Bota Moisin

Founder of the Cultural IP Rights Initiative

Nina West

Performer and Activist

We, the entire spectrum of the feminist movement, are building an unstoppable current from which we need ripples of hope from every age, race, ability, walk of life, from every human experience.

Emma Watson, One Young World 2016

Help us tell the world #ITSTIME to take action to end gender inequality. 

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The #GenderGap will take another 108 years to bridge if we don’t enact radical change now. This #InternationalWomensDay2020, we stand with #OYW to say #ITSTIME to take action and create the world we all deserve. Learn how you can join the conversation:



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