Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Emma Watson Shares Shocking Stats About Women's Education and Leadership

Emma Watson Shares Shocking Stats About Women's Education and Leadership

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Emma Watson—actress, gender equality activist, feminist superhero—just shared some shocking statistics on Twitter that everyone should pay attention to. Em quoted HeForShe champion Dennis Nally, who stated that "Women account for 60% of college graduates but only 3% of leaders worldwide." Let that sink in for a second….

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, said in a Twitter chat yesterday that a lack of flexible working arrangements is what stops women from reaching the top. "We need workplace policies that allow women and men to thrive equally," she wrote.

Emma later tweeted another shocking stat about women's education rates. According to Dennis, "Women and girls also represent two-thirds of the world's illiterate population."

The executive director of UN Women addressed this in her Twitter chat as well, saying that male leaders across the globe need to focus on equal access and making schools safe for girls to attend.

These latest stats are hard to take in, but it's something we all need to be aware of so we can do something about it. With empowerment from activists like Emma and the support of men who will take a stand against gender-based discrimination, hopefully one day, these numbers will be less of a shock to the system.

Feeling passionate about gender equality after hearing these statistics? There's something you can do to help. Check out the HeForShe action kit[1] to see how you can get involved and even create your own club around it at school. After all, your efforts can help build a more equal world.

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