How women and girls fare worldwide


This week, the Population Reference Bureau released a data-sheet on how women and girls fare worldwide.

From the  PRB website:

The situation of women and girls around the world is gaining increased attention in a number of national and international policy commitments such as the U.S. Global Health Initiative and the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. The World’s Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet has the latest data on a wide variety of indicators on the socioeconomic status of women and girls in more than 180 countries, with a focus on demography, reproductive health, education, work, and public life. A special section on overcoming barriers to gender equality is also featured.

Indicators include:

  • Percent of women married by age 18.
  • Percent of married women using contraception (any method/modern method).
  • Percent of births attended by skilled personnel.
  • Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.
  • Percent of adults ages 15-49 with HIV/AIDS (female/male). 
  • Primary school completion rate (female/male). 
  • Percent enrolled in secondary school (female/male).
  • Percent economically active ages 15+ (female/male).
  • Women as percent of parliament.

The datasheet also looks at household decisionmaking; violence against women and number of children.

See: The World’s Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet
Multiple formats available here.


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