10 Facts about Women and Girls (2024)

  1. Of the 160 million children trapped in child labor, 63 million are girls. [source]
  2. 29 million women and girls are in modern slavery—71 percent of the overall total of enslaved individuals. [source]
  3. Women represent 99.4 percent of the victims of forced labor in the commercial sex industry. [source]
  4. Women and girls represent 84 percent of the victims of forced marriages, now categorized as a form of modern slavery. There are an estimated 15 million individuals in forced marriages. [source]
  5. Worldwide, there are an estimated 75.6 million domestic workers—76.2 or approximately 3/4 are women. [source]
  6. 129 million girls are out of school, including 32 million of primary school age, and 97 million of secondary school age. [source]
  7. 89 percent of girls complete their primary education, but only 79 percent complete their lower secondary education and only 61 percent complete their upper secondary education. [source]
  8. In low-income countries, only 63 percent of girls complete their primary education. [source]
  9. At the end of 2023, there were an estimated 117.3 million forcibly displaced people, including 43.4 million refugees—half are women and girls. [source]
  10. More than 230 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is practiced. [source]


Data updated by Tesa Hargis, June 2024.