Data on gender equality in Cameroon

KEY FIGURES

• While 39% of the national population lives below the poverty line, this rate rises to 51.5% for women. 79.2% of them are underemployed.

• Only 3% of women own a house without a property title and 1.6% own a property title in their name.

• Women make up 71.6% of workers in the informal agricultural sector • 32.5% of women over 25 have some level of secondary education (39.2% for men).

• Boys have a privileged access to education:
Their gross enrollment rate is 125% in primary school (110% for girls). 65% are enrolled in secondary school (53% for girls)

• The percentage of women in parliament in 2017 was 27.1%

• The prevalence of under-five malnutrition is higher among boys than girls.

• On average, every Cameroonian woman gives birth to 5.1 children.

• The maternal mortality rate is of 782 per 100,000 live births.

• The rate of adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 years giving birth to a child is 105.8 per 1000.

• HIV prevalence among 15-49-year old is 5% for women and 2.3% for men • 43.2% of women in union face domestic violence. 39.8% and 14.5% respectively face emotional and sexual violence. In all, 56.4% of women in union were confronted with at least one of these forms of violence • Young men and men are more likely to face arbitrary arrests, forced recruitment and extrajudicial executions and are more at risk of injury or death directly related to the conflict.

• Women spend an average of 8.2 hours more per week than men on unpaid household tasks • 16.8% of women benefit of a credit for any use

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