Gender Equality in Tunisia

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Flag of Tunisia
Population (in Mil.) 10.78
Gross Domestic Product (In USD Billions - WB) 45.24
Sex Ratio (m/f) 0.99
Life Expectancy Ratio (f/m) 1.054794521
Fertility Rate 2.03
Estimated Earned Income (f/m)
Tertiary Enrolment Ratio (f/m) 34.4
Women in Parliament (in %) 26.7
Human Development Index 94/187
Social Institutions and Gender Index 22/86
Gender Inequality Index 94/186
Gender Equity Index 168/168
Women’s Economic Opportunity Index 49/128
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, Tunisia has medium levels of discrimination against women in social institutions. It has lower discrimination in restricted physical integrity and higher discrimination in restricted access to resources and assets. Read the full country profile and access the data here:

Key Gender Statistics[1]


  • There is no recent available data on primary and secondary enrolment rates.
  • In 2011, 72% of women aged 15+ were literate compared to 88% of men.
  • In 2010, women had on average 7 years of schooling compared to 8 years on average for men.[2]


  • In 2013, there were 86 maternal deaths, representing 46 deaths for 100 000 births.
  • In 2013, the adolescent fertility rate was 4 births per 1 000 adolescent girls.
  • In 2012, 7% of women had an unmet need for family planning.


  • In 2013, 27% of the female working-age population was part of the labour force, while 76% of the male working-age population was part of the labour force.
  • In 2013, women represented 27% of the total labour force.
  • In 2011, 21% of women in the labour force were in vulnerable employment, compared to 31% of men in the labour force.
  • There is no recent data available on women’s share of agricultural employment.


  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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