Gender Equality in Liberia

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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
Fertility Rate 5.13
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


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, 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:

Key Gender Statistics[1]


  • 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. [2]


  • 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.


  1. World Bank (2015), World Development Indicators (database), (accessed16 July 2015).
  2. Barro R. and J.W. Lee (2014), Educational Attainment Dataset, v.2.0,

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