Report: The Lives of Women and Girls are Improving Globally

Good news on the topic of women's issues around the world. 

According to new report prepared by the Statistics Division of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, women are living longer lives, benefiting from better access to education. They're also marrying at a later age, and are more independent.

The report found that the life expectancy has risen globally, reaching 72 for women and 68 for men. The number of maternal deaths declined by 45 percent between 1990 and 2013.

The percentage of girls married before the age of 18 worldwide has decreased from 31 percent in 1995 to 26 percent in 2010.

However the UN reports that while the lives of women and girls have improved over the last 20 years, women and girls continue to be victims of gender-based discrimination and violence.

"Far too many women and girls continue to be discriminated against, subjected to violence, denied equal opportunities in education and employment, and excluded from positions of leadership and decision-making," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

The UN recently adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in which one of its goals, outlined in Goal 5, specifically aims to empower all women and girls by 2030.

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