Planet In Peril

Charity network ActionAid has published a report stating that women and girls are more likely to be poor, hungry, illiterate or sick than boys and men. In South Asia, while the economy grows, women are getting a shrinking share of the income. African women accounted for 75% of all young people living with HIV/AIDS. Also in Africa, the focus on primary education is hampered because women and children spend 40 billion hours collecting water each year. The report adds: "The disproportionate impact of poverty on girls is not an accident, but the result of systematic discrimination." [Guardian]