In April of 2014, nearly 300 Chibok girls and young women were kidnapped by Boko Haram in the Borno State in Nigeria. Over the course of 2015, thousands of Yazidi girls and young women were kidnapped and sold into sex slavery by the Islamic State (IS). In the same year, hundreds of women migrated to and took up arms for IS, characterized in the media as ‘jihadi brides’ looking for ‘jihottie’ husbands. In 2015, domestic violence rates were on the rise, and women were disproportionately affected by a number of disease outbreaks, migration patterns, and economic setbacks. Almost everywhere in the world, women are under-represented in the halls of power, and over-represented among the poor, sick, impoverished and undereducated.
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