By John Oronte
In September of 2013, a survey by the Lancelet Global Health Journal found that out of a total 10,000 men from China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea, 1 out of every 4 had committed rape.
As horrifying as this statistic is, it plays into a much greater narrative about the status of women in Asia. India, Pakistan, and even relatively developed OECD countries like South Korea, all suffer from systemic and non-systemic discrimination against women. The word “suffer” is an appropriate choice, given the paradoxical relative regional underdevelopment and the turn-of-the-century economic vibrancy in Asia. In order for these countries, many of whom Give2Asia works with, to reach a level of desired stability and development, women must be allowed to sustain higher levels of social participation.