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Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

  • In Southern Asia, only 74 girls were enrolled in primary school for every 100 boys in 1990. By 2012, the enrolment ratios were the same for girls and for boys.

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania and Western Asia, girls still face barriers to entering both primary and secondary school.

  • Women in Northern Africa hold less than one in five paid jobs in the non-agricultural sector.

  • In 46 countries, women now hold more than 30% of seats in national parliament in at least one chamber.

  • India is on track to achieve gender parity at all education levels, having already achieved it at the primary level. The ratio of female literacy to male literacy for 15- 24 year olds is 0.91.

  • As of August 2015, in India the proportion of seats in National Parliament held by women is only 12% against the target of 50%.