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- CEDAW: ratified on 12 March 1987 with some reservations
- Optional Protocol to CEDAW: not ratified
- National CEDAW report (2014)
- Maputo Protocol: not ratified
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325): no National Action Plan
- Ministry of Gender, Children Development and Community Development
- National Plan of Action for the National Gender Programme, 2005-2008
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 Social Institutions and Gender Index 2014 Edition , Malawi has medium levels of discrimination against women in social institutions. It has lower discrimination in son bias and higher discrimination in restricted civil liberties. Read the full country profile and access the data here: http://www.genderindex.org/country/malawi
Key Gender StatisticsWorld Bank (2015), World Development Indicators (database), http://data.worldbank.org/products/wdi (accessed16 July 2015).
- There is no recent data available on primary school enrolment rates.
- In 2013, 30% of girls were enrolled in secondary school compared to 32% of boys.
- In 2010, 51% of women aged 15+ were literate compared to 72% of men.
- In 2010, women had on average 4 years of schooling compared to 5 years on average for men.Barro R. and J.W. Lee (2014), Educational Attainment Dataset, v.2.0, http://www.barrolee.com/.
- In 2013, there were 3 400 maternal deaths, representing 510 deaths for 100 000 births.
- In 2013, the adolescent fertility rate was 143 births per 1 000 adolescent girls.
- In 2010, 26% of women had an unmet need for family planning.
- In 2013, 85% of the female working-age population was part of the labour force, while 81% of the male working-age population was part of the labour force.
- In 2013, women represented 51% 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.
- 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