6 Promote gender equality and empower women

Tracking Progress

In South Sudan, girls make up only 36.9 percent of primary school enrolment (2009) and about 20 percent more men than females were reported to be literate both amongst adults and youth. Getting girls into school not only improves their chances of securing livelihoods, but impacts on the health, nutrition and education of their children and can reduce early marriages and unsustainable population growth.

One positive development is that 34 percent of all seats in the South Sudan Legislative Assembly are held by women, which should help ensure the promotion of gender equality in government policies.

Facts & Figures

Where do we stand globally?

Gender gaps in access to education have narrowed, but disparities remain high in university-level education and in some developing regions. Girls’ enrolment ratios in primary and secondary schools have significantly increased in recent years.  More

Targets for MDG3
  1. Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
    • Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
    • Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
    • Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament