POVERTY IS SEXIST - 'NONE OF US ARE EQUAL UNTIL ALL OF US ARE EQUAL'

Did you know that there is currently nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men? The ONE campaign have released a global video this week as part of their "poverty is sexist" initiative to show us that there is nowhere that we are equal. They're calling for people to take action for women hardest hit by gender inequality - those in extreme poverty. 

The film, created by Don't Panic, shows us that women are being told "no" at every stage of their lives. They want to generate a conversation and celebrate how powerful it would be to empower women and girls and say "yes" to equality on a global scale.

Even as a raging feminist (self proclaimed), there are times when I ask myself: can it really be that bad? I'm doing OK. I haven't been sexually harassed today and no one has said no to me since Tuesday. But guys, I think it really is that bad. 

Take a look at just eight ways that our world isn't equal that we NEED to know about:

1) Girls in Uganda miss up to 8 days of study each term because they are on their periods with limited access to sanitary products and washrooms

2) Women living in the least developed countries are almost a third less likely than men to be connected to the internet.

3) 1 in 3 women worldwide experience physical and/or sexual violence.

4) In the Democratic Republic of Congo women are half as likely to have any savings in the bank as men, even though they have roughly the same percentage of adults working in the labour force. 

5) Girls born in Kenya are 2 times more likely than boys to experience sexual violence in their lifetime.

6) Six year old girls are less likely than boys to think members of their own gender are 'brilliant' (and they're more likely to shy away from activities requiring that exceptional intelligence).

7) There are more men leading the UK's biggest companies called JOHN than there are women.

8)In Nigeria, 28% of girls will be married by the age of 15.

These statistics are not okay. None of this is even slightly okay and to anyone that thinks they are, then that is why the problem exists. We might think that we are equal, we might look around and think 'this isn't so bad' and if that is the case, then we are one of the lucky ones. Or maybe we're just having a good day. Or maybe we're wearing rose tinted glasses. Because the truth of the matter is: we aren't equal and as this campaign says: none of us are equal until all of us are equal.