Gender Equality in Sierra Leone
Flag of Sierra_Leone
|Population (in Mil.)||5.98|
|Gross Domestic Product (In USD Billions - WB)||3.79|
|Sex Ratio (m/f)||0.94|
|Life Expectancy Ratio (f/m)||1|
|Estimated Earned Income (f/m)|
|Tertiary Enrolment Ratio (f/m)||2.1|
|Women in Parliament (in %)||12.4|
|Human Development Index||177/187|
|Social Institutions and Gender Index||66/86|
|Gender Inequality Index||177/186|
|Gender Equity Index||135/168|
|Women’s Economic Opportunity Index||/128|
|Global Gender Gap Index||/68|
|More information on variables|
- CEDAW: ratified on 11 November 1988 without reservations
- Optional Protocol to CEDAW: not ratified
- National CEDAW report (2012)
- Maputo Protocol: ratified on 2 July 2015
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325): National Action Plan launched in March 2010
- Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs
- Sierra Leone National Action Plan On Gender Based Violence (2012 - 2016)
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 2014 edition of the SIGI, Sierra Leone has very high levels of discrimination against women in social institutions. It has lower discrimination in son bias and higher discrimination in restricted physical integrity. Read the full country profile and access the data here: http://www.genderindex.org/country/sierra-leone
Key gender statistics
- There is no recent available data on primary school enrolment rates.
- In 2012, the ratio of female to male secondary enrolment was 92%.
- In 2012, 36% of girls were enrolled in secondary school compared to 40% of boys.
- In 2012, 34% of women aged 15+ were literate compared to 56% of men.
- In 2010, women had on average 3 years of schooling and men had 5 years of schooling.
- In 2013, there were 2 400 maternal deaths, representing 1 100 deaths for 100 000 births.
- In 2013, the adolescent fertility rate was 98 births per 1 000 adolescent girls.
- In 2013, 25% of women had an unmet need for family planning.
- In 2013, 68% of the female working-age population was part of the labour force, while 70% of the male working-age population was part of the labour force.
- In 2013, women represented 49% of the total labour force.
- There is no recent data available on women's share of vulnerable employment.
- There is no recent data available on women’s share of agricultural employment.
- 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/.
- Women, Business and the Law, 2012
- Africa for Women's Rights: Sierra Leone
- Maternal Mortality: The case of Sierra Leone
- Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)
- Gender and Land Rights Database
- Women, Business and the Law: Creating economic opportunity for women
- OECD Development Centre (2015), African Economic Outlook, Country Profiles
- MDG Report 2014: Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals
- Make Every Woman Count (2014), African Women's Decade 2010-2020, 2014 Annual Review