In 2011, Mauritius ranked 63rd out of 146 countries according to the Gender Inequality Index of the UN indicates the report Gender Statistics 2011, recently released by Mauritius Statistics.
The index reflects inequality in achievements between women and men in reproductive health, empowerment and the labour market. The index shows the loss in human development due to inequality between female and male achievements in these dimensions.
Some other highlights of the report are:
There were 18,600 more women than men in 2011, as women live on average seven years longer than men.
Both men and women are getting married at an older age and more women are marrying men older than them.(iii) Women are more likely than men to be widowed, divorced/separated and unemployed.
Diabetes, heart disease and cancer together accounted for 54% of causes of deaths among women against 46% of men’s deaths.
The proportion of students progressing from primary cycle to secondary cycle in 2011 was 79% for boys and 84% for girls.
The difference in boys and girls performance was higher at lower level of education and narrowed down as the level increases.
Women predominate among school teachers and their representativeness is more pronounced at primary level and at Special Education Needs schools.
Women are nowadays more inclined towards entrepreneurship. Some 3,500 women were registered as women entrepreneurs at the National Women Entrepreneur Council.
Employed women work on average six hours less than men. Both men and women worked fewer hours in the agricultural sector than in other sectors of the economy.
Working women were more qualified than their male counterparts, yet they are over represented among the unemployed.
More women are occupying high positions in government services. The proportion of women in the most senior positions was 37%.
Domestic violence against men is on the increase, though women are more likely to be victims.