Gender Equality in Guinea

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Flag of Guinea
Population (in Mil.) 1.66
Gross Domestic Product (In USD Billions - WB) 0.96
Sex Ratio (m/f) 1
Life Expectancy Ratio (f/m) 1.018181818
Fertility Rate 5.1
Estimated Earned Income (f/m)
Tertiary Enrolment Ratio (f/m) 9.5
Women in Parliament (in %)
Human Development Index 178/187
Social Institutions and Gender Index 78/86
Gender Inequality Index 178/186
Gender Equity Index 158/168
Women’s Economic Opportunity Index /128
Global Gender Gap Index /68
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Social Institutions

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, Guinea has 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:

The Women, Business and the Law

Where are laws equal for men and women?  

The Women, Business and the Law report presents indicators based on laws and regulations affecting women's prospects as entrepreneurs and employees. Several of these indicators draw on the Gender Law Library, a collection of over 2,000 legal provisions impacting women's economic status. This report does not seek to judge or rank countries, but to provide information to inform discussions about women’s economic rights. Women, Business and the Law provides data covering 6 areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit, and going to court. Read more about the methodology.

For detailed information on Guinea, please visit the Women, Business and
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Progress Assessment of MDG 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Millennium Development Goal #3 is divided into three sub-categories, each of them focusing on different areas: education, employment wage and political power.

Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education

In the primary education sector, the ratio of girls to boys in Guinea was at 0.89 in 2009. In comparison for 1994, it was at 0.5. As in many countries, substantial progress has been noted for the primary level of education. Indeed, for secondary and tertiary levels of education, it was respectively at 0.55 and projected to be at 0.3 in 2008. Projections made by Guinea's government deem as close to the target for the primary level of education (0.95 for 2015) and are more pessimistic for the two other levels (0.72 for the secondary nd 0.37 for the tertiary)[1]

Thus, parity will not likely happen in school enrollment in Guinea.

Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector

Among Guinea's workforce in the non-agricultural sector, women represented 27.1% of it in 2003. In the civil service of Guinea, they count for 26% of workforce and 20% of the personnel in the education sector for 2007[2]

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

In 2006, out of 114 representatives at the national Parliament, 22 were women (19.3%). Progress has been slagging in this sector since that percentage was reduced to 16.7% in 2007. 17% of the high officials of the Guinean republic were women in 2006.

Guinea's MDG Track Index by Goal in 2010

Overall the MDG Track Global Index for Guinea is at 29% and the country is deemed as "off-track" concerning the targets of the Millennium Development[3]


  1. Programme des Nations-Unies pour le Développement. République de Guinée. 2009.Rapport national sur les objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développmemnt
  2. Programme des Nations-Unies pour le Développement. République de Guinée. 2009.Rapport national sur les objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développmemnt.
  3. MDG Track Global Index. Guinea

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