Facts about social issues in developing countries and how they affect children..

• Of the 6.5 billion inhabitants that made up the world’s population in the year 2004, 2.3 billion lived in free societies, 1.5 billion lived in partially free societies, and 2.2 billion lived in countries ruled by dictators or totalitarian regimes.

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• In 2007, for the first time in history, the majority of people will live in urban areas. Throughout most of the developing world, this will result in larger slum populations.  

• Nearly 30 percent of women worldwide are giving birth before age 18.

• Some 200 million women who wish to space or limit their childbearing lack access to contraception. 
 
• One in five parliamentarians elected in 2005 were women, bringing the percentage of parliamentary seats held by women in 2006 worldwide to almost 17.

• Youth now represent close to half of the world’s 192 million jobless people. In many countries, they are more than three times as likely as adults to be seeking work. This presents an especially urgent challenge for developing countries, home to 85 percent of the world’s youth.

• By the end of 2000, more than half the population in developed regions had access to the Internet, compared with 7 percent in developing regions and less than 1 percent in the 50 least developed countries.

• An estimated 20 million children worldwide have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict and human rights violations.

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