Focus countries

16 August 2010

For 2011 we are highlighting the difference Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting makes and the ways it empowers girls and young women. The WTD focus countries for 2011 and beneficiaries of small grants from the Fund will be:

According to Womankind, 14 per cent of all Bolivia's women are illiterate. The figure is higher, nearly 30 per cent, for rural women.

Around 64 per cent of women are survivors of some type of violence (sexual, psychological or physical) perpetrated by a current or ex-partner, according to Bolivia’s National Institute of Statistics (INE).

Cyprus is one of the lowest-ranking European countries in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) global Gender Gap Index. There is a 21.6 per cent gender pay gap in Cyprus, one of the biggest pay gaps in Europe.

Women have a particularly low status in DRC, a situation that has been made worse by a long-running civil war from 1998 to 2003. The DRC ranks very low in the global gender-related development index (GDI) – it is 151st out of 155 countries.

Nepal ranks very low on the global Gender Gap Index, which measures educational attainment, political participation and work opporunities. Nepal is positioned at the bottom of the table at number 125, out of 128 countries.

Yemen is ranked at the bottom of the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Index. 39 per cent of women are literate, in comparison to 76 per cent of men. Official figures say that there are no women in parliament.

On the WTD pack you will find activities for each of the countries and also more detailed information about the national associations and their promises and laws.

You can also read how the donations to the World Thinking Day Fund made a difference in the 2010 focus countries: Georgia, Haiti, Maldives, Sudan and Zimbabwe.