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- CEDAW: ratified on 16 October 1980
- Optional Protocol to CEDAW: not ratified
- National CEDAW report: 2015
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325): no national action plan
The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) measures gender-based discrimination in social norms, practices and laws across 160 countries. The SIGI comprises country profiles, a classification of countries and a database; it serves as a research, policy and advocacy tool for the development community and policy makers. The SIGI covers five dimensions of discriminatory social institutions, spanning major socio-economic areas that affect women’s lives: discriminatory family code, restricted physical integrity, son bias, restricted resources and assets, and restricted civil liberties. The SIGI’s variables quantify discriminatory social institutions such as unequal inheritance rights, early marriage, violence against women, and unequal land and property rights.
In the Social Institutions and Gender Index 2014 Edition, Barbados was not studied due to the country not meeting one selection criteria (population below 1 million).
Visit the SIGI website to read other country profiles and access the data: http://www.genderindex.org/countries.
Key Gender Statistics
- In 2011, 97% of boys and girls were enrolled in primary school.
- In 2011, 96% of girls were enrolled in secondary school compared to 84% of boys.
- There is no recent data available on literacy rates.
- In 2010, women had on average 10 years of schooling, compared to 9 years for men.
- In 2013, there were 2 maternal deaths, representing 52 deaths for 100 000 births.
- In 2013, the adolescent fertility rate was 48 births per 1 000 adolescent girls.
- There is no recent data available on the percentage of women with an unmet need for family planning.
- In 2013, 77% of the female working-age population was part of the labour force, while 85% of the male working-age population was part of the labour force.
- In 2013, women represented 47% of the total labour force.
- There is no recent data available on vulnerable employment.
- In 2012, 2% of women in the labour force were employed in the agriculture sector compared to 3% of men in the labour force.
- World Bank (2015), World Development Indicators (database),http://data.worldbank.org/products/wdi (accessed16 July 2015).
- Barro R. and J.W. Lee (2014), Educational Attainment Dataset, v.2.0,http://www.barrolee.com/