Zainab Salbi is an Iraqi-American writer and women’s rights activist. Her latest book, If You Knew Me You Would Care, is out in March 2013. She is the founder of Women for Women International, a humanitarian organization, and she is now in Iraq working on a new book about Iraqi women.

On the 99th annual International Women’s Day, activist Zainab Salbi says the world should be ashamed of the violence and poverty women still face across the globe. Here’s how to reverse the startling statistics within the next 10 years.