Gender Equality in Liberia
Flag of Liberia
|Population (in Mil.)||4.19|
|Gross Domestic Product (In USD Billions - WB)||1.74|
|Sex Ratio (m/f)||1|
|Life Expectancy Ratio (f/m)||1.033898305|
|Estimated Earned Income (f/m)|
|Tertiary Enrolment Ratio (f/m)||19.1|
|Women in Parliament (in %)||11|
|Human Development Index||174/187|
|Social Institutions and Gender Index||62/86|
|Gender Inequality Index||174/186|
|Gender Equity Index||109/168|
|Women’s Economic Opportunity Index||/128|
|Global Gender Gap Index||/68|
|More information on variables|
- CEDAW: ratified on 17 July 1984 without reservations
- Optional Protocol to CEDAW: signed on 22 September 2004
- National CEDAW report (2014)
- Maputo Protocol: ratified on 14 December 2007
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325): national action plan launch in March 2009
- Ministry of Gender & Development
- National Action Plan on Gender-based Violence launched in 2006
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, Liberia 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/liberia
Key Gender Statistics
- In 2014, the ratio of female to male primary school enrolment was 95%.
- In 2014, 37% of girls were enrolled in primary school compared to 39% of boys.
- In 2014, the ratio of female to male secondary enrolment was 83%.
- In 2014, 15% of girls were enrolled in secondary school compared to 18% of boys.
- There is no recent data available on literacy rates.
- In 2010, women had on average 3 years of schooling compared to 6 years on average for men. 
- In 2013, there were 980 maternal deaths, representing 640 deaths for 100 000 births.
- In 2013, the adolescent fertility rate was 114 births per 1 000 adolescent girls.
- In 2013, 31% women had an unmet need for family planning.
- In 2013, 60% of the female working-age population was part of the labour force, while 65% of the male working-age population was part of the labour force.
- In 2013, women represented 48% of the total labour force.
- In 2010, 89% of women in the labour force were in vulnerable employment compared to 69% of men in the labour force.
- In 2010, 48% of women in the labour force were employed in agriculture compared to 505 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/.
- Women, Business and the Law, 2012
- Africa for Women's Rights: Liberia
- Book: African Women on the Thin Blue Line: Gender-Sensitive Police Reform in Liberia and Southern Sudan
- The Role of Women in Ending Liberia's Civil War
- Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
- 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